The Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders at The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, serves the needs of adult patients in the Ottawa-Carleton region and Eastern Ontario , who suffer from serious eating disorders that include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating and other eating disorders.
Comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment is provided in a contained and structured environment with therapy offered almost exclusively in a group format. The multidisciplinary team, led by Program Director and Psychiatrist, Dr. H. Bissada, includes registered nurses, clinical psychologists, dietitians, a social worker, occupational therapist, program evaluator and administrative staff.
Patients are referred to the Centre’s Consultation Service by their family physicians.
Once a referral has been received, the patient will be contacted for a full psychiatric assessment. After the assessment, a recommendation is made regarding which of the Centre’s treatment programs is most suitable for the patient:
Intensive Day Treatment Program: a day hospital program that accommodates a maximum of eight patients at any given time. It is offered to patients with serious forms of eating disorders.
Inpatient Symptom Interruption Program (6-bed unit): offered to patients with severe eating disorders who are at a high risk of being medically compromised because of severe weight loss and or severe purging behaviour. This 8-week hospitalization aims at interrupting these symptoms in order to stabilize patients medically.
Psychoeducation/CBT Outpatient Treatment Program: a treatment modality for patients with mildly to moderately severe eating disorders. It offers nutritional counseling provided by the program dietitian and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) provided by the program psychologist.
For more information, consult the Guide: Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Making an Appointment
Physician referral required. Physicians must complete and fax an Assessment for Eating Disorders or telephone us at 613-737-8042 for information.
Intensive Day Hospital Program Attendance: Mon. – Thurs., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for 12-14 weeks duration.
General Campus: Room 4428
Fax: 613-737-8085 (to send an Assessment for Eating Disorders)