The Royal College of Psychiatrists has said that Cotswold House Marlborough, an eating disorder unit based at Savernake Hospital, is ‘excellent’ in a report assessing the quality of the service.

The specialist unit that caters for up to twelve inpatients and four day patients takes patients from Wiltshire, Swindon, as well as from across England and the south of Wales, the majority of whom suffer from severe anorexia nervosa.

In 2012, Cotswold House Marlborough enrolled in a new national quality assurance programme called QED (Quality in Eating Disorders), run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The unit evaluated its own performance on a wide range of measures and sought feedback from patients and carers. A visit from an independent review team then took place and a detailed report followed, judging the unit against more than 400 standards.

Cotswold House Marlborough has been awarded the highest level of accreditation and judged to be ‘excellent’.

Dr Christine Vize, Consultant Psychiatrist at Cotswold House, said: ‘We would like to thank all the staff, patients and carers who contributed to this result. Cotswold House Marlborough has always had a culture of continuous improvement and we are delighted with the acknowledgement of our work that this accreditation represents.”

Rachel Cootes, Acting Modern Matron at Cotswold House, said: ‘The team here are passionate about high quality patient care and this ‘excellent’ result just highlights this as well as recognising everyone’s hard work. It was a real team effort and everything we worked on was done in collaboration with patients and carers in order to develop the service in a way that suits them. We are all very proud of this achievement.’