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Welcome to Ellern Mede

Ellern Mede Eating Disorder Services is widely regarded as the UK’s most specialist provider of intensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and young people. We have a higher proportion of staff to patients than any other UK specialist eating disorder provider, able to provide close personal care to all of our patients. We treat young people aged 8 to 18 years with eating disorders, frequently in terms of a pre-arranged NHS England contract as well as some privately funded cases. We also are able to treat young adults aged 18  to 25 although no pre-contracted funding arrangements exist for these. CCGs and NHS bodies or private enquirers all need to arrange funding prior to making a referral for an over-18 place. By offering services beyond the age of 18, we assist with the transition out of children’s and into adult services.

Our inpatient service is particularly suitable for patients with Anorexia Nervosa. We also treat other eating disorders and Pervasive Arousal Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

Our community services are available online and face to face. As part of your face to face programme we also offer some services in the patient’s home. It is best to seek treatment as early as possible if you suspect an eating disorder. Your first step should be to primary care GP and to seek a medical diagnosis and referral for specialist eating disorder care. Conditions we treat in the community  include anorexia nervosa, selective eating disorders, and disordered eating that may not yet have been diagnosed.



We have three hospitals providing specialist multi-disciplinary eating disorder services and a fourth close to opening.

Ellern Mede Ridgeway is in Mill Hill, North London and offers 28 inpatient beds for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old across three units, Lask, Nunn and the Cottage.

Ellern Mede Barnet offers up to 16 inpatient beds across two units, Ash and Rowan. These are split between young people under and over 18, the over 18 ward being a Transition Ward to support young people as they transition from child to adult services.

Ellern Mede Moorgate offers 12 inpatient beds across two units, Aztec and Inca, Aztec being for 18 to 25 year olds and Inca being for people under 18. This hospital serves South Yorkshire and The Midlands.

Ellern Mede Derby in Breaston offers 17 inpatient beds across two units, Trent and Derwent, Trent being for 18 to 25 year olds and Derwent being for people under 18. This hospital serves Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire and The Midlands.

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Ellern Mede Ridgeway

ages 8 – 18

girl having quiet time

Ellern Mede Barnet

ages 8 – 17 & 18 – 25

Ellern Mede Outpatient Session

Ellern Mede Moorgate

Ages 8 – 17 & 18 – 25

Adult staff with child patients enjoying a barbecue

Ellern Mede Derby

Ages 8 – 17 & 18 – 25

NHS referrals

Ellern Mede has provided specialist Tier 4 eating disorders services to the NHS since 2000 We cannot accept emergency admissions. Admissions are subject to bed availability. Email NHS Form 1 to [email protected]

Private enquiries

Ellern Mede specialist private eating disorder services can not offer emergency appointments. Referrals must be accompanied by a clinician’s diagnosis and blood test, vital sign information must be provided. Email [email protected]

Ellern Mede Derby Rated "Good"

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Ellern Mede Derby as ‘Good’ in its latest inspection report published 5 April 2023.  As well as the overall ‘Good’ rating, Ellern Mede Derby was recognised as ‘Good’ in each of the CQ ...
17 April 2023
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EDAW & ME; A Personal Look into Our Ward Administrators Experience

Sometimes, when I’m lost in daily life, Eating Disorders Awareness Week feels a little bit pointless to me. The moment you walk through the door here at Ellern Mede Derby, you’re aware. From the poster talking about effective meal supp ...
01 March 2023
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Family letter

"I am taking the opportunity of being on holiday to let you know that our daughter's progress continues. She has now successfully finished her second year of medical school, has a normal BMI and tells us that she no longer gets anorexic tho ...
30 August 2022
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President's Award

We would like to share with you our son's Gold Presidential Award for excellence at school following his recovery. In his words "This means a lot after many difficult years. This one was a great year!". And it was. Both personally and acade ...
28 May 2019
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Ellern Mede specialists in eating disorders treatment

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Accredited and regulated by:

Accredited and regulated by:

Care Quality Commission
British Psychotherapy Foundation
General Medical Council