After Seeing My Daughter Battle with Anorexia, I Want to Help Other Sufferers

By Lumsden, Susan | Daily Mail (London), November 12, 2001 | Go to article overview

After Seeing My Daughter Battle with Anorexia, I Want to Help Other Sufferers


Lumsden, Susan, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: SUSAN LUMSDEN

FOR months, they could only watch in helpless anguish as anorexia nervosa ravaged their pretty young daughter.

By the time Tory MSP David Davidson and his wife found her a place at a specialist clinic, 22-year-old Suzy had lost nearly half her body weight.

Now the list member for North-East Scotland is calling on GPs to set up a national database that will expose the difficulties facing sufferers when it comes to getting treatment.

Mr Davidson and his wife Christine first suspected there was something wrong with their daughter, who studies history, in November last year.

Her condition deteriorated rapidly over the Christmas break and when she returned to Edinburgh University she tried to get help through its student health services.

But the clinic to which she was initially referred turned out to have a huge waiting list and her parents became worried that she would not be seen in time.

The Davidsons began trying to get their daughter the help she desperately needed and were horrified to uncover a pitiful lack of support for victims of eating disorders.

They found that it routinely takes three months for a sufferer to get an appointment with a consultant - without which they cannot begin to receive treatment.

In that time, someone with anorexia could deteriorate to such a degree that they might be beyond help.

The family also discovered that there are only 22 beds in Scottish hospitals set aside for treating such illnesses - and even then, victims must compete for places with people suffering from a variety of mental health problems.

Fortunately the Davidsons, who live in Aberdeen, were able to arrange a hospital appointment for their daughter through their own GP in a matter of weeks.

Now Mr Davidson wants to see doctors across Scotland set up a central database which will let them exchange vital information and statistics on the illness.

He hopes it will prove to the Scottish Executive that a dedicated medical support Mr Davidson, 62, said yesterday: 'The complaint I got from the people with whom I came into contact was that it was very difficult to get into treatment and follow- up therapy.' By the time Miss Davidson was admitted to The Priory Clinic in Glasgow in May, her weight had dropped from ten stone to less than six. She was so ill she had to be fed through a nasal tube and only returned to the family home at the end of September.

Mr Davidson claimed everyone he spoke to in the Health Service and the Executive accepted there was a problem.

He said: 'I am not asking GPs to disclose information about individual patients, but to give me an indication about such things as access to treatment and waiting times. …

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