Admission Criteria

In the interest of our clients and to ensure the safety and well-being of Montrose Manor clients, we apply the following admission criteria for clients requesting and committed to treatment:

  • A pre-admission assessment (which can be provided by Montrose Manor) must precede the admission of the client. If clients are being transferred from a treatment facility, a treatment report is required.
  • A medical report is required for clients with a BMI less than 15 or greater than 30.
  • If the client is on medication, a prescription from a medical practitioner is required.
  • Any food allergies and intolerances must be accompanied by a written medical verification. No food allowances will be made without this confirmation.
  • In the case of Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa, blood tests including Full Blood Count, Electrolytes, Liver Function, Urea and Creatinine and TSH must be sent to Montrose Manor prior to admission.
  • Current weight verified by a medical practitioner.
  • In the case of Binge Eating Disorder, blood tests including Thyroid function, Lipid Profile and Blood Glucose must be sent to Montrose Manor prior to admission.
  • In the case of Diabetes type I, a separate list of medical requirements will be sent.

Should you need any further information, please contact Annemarie Louw at or our office on 021 797 9270

Facts About Eating Disorders

  • An Eating Disorder is a mental illness
  • You don’t have to be a certain weight to have an eating disorder
  • Food is only a symptom of an eating disorder. The real issue is a person’s relationship with self or others or how they cope with their emotions
  • Common symptoms associated with an eating disorder are anxiety, depression, OCD, alcohol and substance abuse
  • Compared to other psychiatric conditions, and eating disorder has the highest mortality rate
  • Although there are more women who suffer from eating disorders, it is common in men
  • Orthorexia and excessive exercise can be symptoms of an eating disorder
  • An eating disorder is not a choice- genetics and the environment also play an important part
  • Putting an overweight person on a restrictive diet does not work
  • Recovery, though challenging, is absolutely possible.

How Do I Know if I Have an Eating Disorder?

  1. I only eat safe foods, low in calories and fat
  2. I have rituals, such as cutting food into small pieces or weighing food
  3. I exercise in excess
  4. I dress in layers to hide my weight
  5. I avoid family or friends
  6. I have become withdrawn and secretive
  7. I spend a lot of time thinking about and planning my next binge
  8. I am spending too much money on food
  9. I don’t feel I have any control and eat either too much or too little
  10. I am pre-occupied with thoughts about food
  11. I feel guilty after eating
  12. I am terrified of being overweight