Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorders Program

The provincial adult eating disorders program provides specialized tertiary level of care for adults 17 years of age and older, who have a DSM V diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED).

Referrals

Referrals for assessment and treatment are accepted from secondary eating disorders programs (where available) across the province. In the event that a secondary program is not available, referrals are accepted from primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or community mental health programs/services.

The general referral criteria for the Eating Disorders Program are as follows:

  • A primary diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) - For DSM V diagnosis, please refer to  http://www.aedweb.org/web/index.php/education/eating-disorder-informatio...
  • Is followed by a primary care physician and/or nurse practitioner
  • Is followed by a secondary level of care eating disorders program or a mental health program (if a program/service exists in your health authority or through the Ministry of Children and Family Development)
  • Resident of BC (some exceptions may apply)
  • 17 years of age (out of high school) or older

For referral inquiries, individuals can contact the Intake Coordinator at 604-806-8654. Health professionals can find additional referral information here.

Our clinical secretaries are the first point of contact when you are referred. 

The address and contact information is:

St. Paul’s Hospital
4 North, Burrard Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC   V6Z 1Y6
Phone Number: 604-806-8347
Fax Number: 604-806-8631

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Clinical Services for Eating Disorders

Our program provides robust interdisciplinary clinical services including:

Outpatient treatment 

Located on the 4th floor of the Burrard Building at St. Paul’s Hospital.  All groups, scheduled appointments and clinics occur in this area)

  • We offer an outpatient day hospital treatment program (Discovery) with a residential facility component called Vista (in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health)
  • We offer outpatient support through our Community Outreach Partnership Program (COPP) (in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health)

Inpatient treatment 

Located on the 4th floor of the Burrard Building at St. Paul’s Hospital. This stand alone unit is called 4 Northwest and is secured to ensure patient and staff safety. 

Research

Our program is engaged in innovative research in the field of eating disorders and provides knowledge translation, education, consultation, and outreach activities to support a network of eating disorder services for adults across the province. The Director of Research in our program is Dr. Josie Geller. For more information, see our research studies.

VCH Partnership Program locations

  • Vista Residence is located at 3360 Fleming Street, Vancouver.  Patients reside in this residence while receiving day treatment in the Discovery Program. 
  • The Community Outreach Partnership Program (COPP) is also located at 3360 Fleming Street, Vancouver. The COPP Eating Disorders Counselors meet individuals in the community with a focus on improving one’s quality of life and achieving identified goals. 

Eating Disorders Program Patient/Family Advisory Committee

Providence Health Care is committed to working with patients and families in delivering excellence in care. PHC has an Eating Disorder Advisory Committee in Partnership with Patients and Families that meets regularly to ensure that the voices, opinions and needs of our patients and families are included, respected and understood. The group strives to ensure that the program provides excellent quality care and an informed evaluation process.

Functions of the committee

The Advisory Committee is a group of current and former patients, family members, clinicians and administrators who play an important role in helping the ED program focus, understand and plan for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Excellent quality care in all programs and services at PHC related to ED
  • Continuous quality improvement and the monitoring of quality indicators (clinical care and outcomes as well as access and utilization)
  • Sharing feedback regarding wait times, admission by geography, demographics, program evaluation, etc.
  • Research
  • Changes to programming driven by the Provincial Health Services Authority and Ministry of Health
  • Involve patients and families in the review of all of the program services and evaluation processes to make it more patient and family-centered
  • Encourage patients to participate in their own care and decision-making
  • Facilitate patient and family participation in planning of services and to encourage creative and alternative ideas and solutions
  • Represent patient, family, and PHC interests in discussions on the development of future projects e.g. Redesign, new programming, etc.

If you are interested in learning more about the Patient and Family Advisory Committee, please contact Patty Yoon at the Eating Disorders Program 604-806-8347.