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Ellern Mede has launched a new short term inpatient bulimia treatment programme for young women at its new London hospital, Ellern Mede Barnet.

This specialised 4-bed private ward is exclusively for young women with a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder with the benefit that there is no other patient mix. The service is for females aged 16 to 30 so is also able to help with patients who are transitioning from child into adult services.

Led by Dr Eric Johnson-Sabine who is one of the foremost UK specialists in these disorders, the programme is for four inpatient weeks with a fifth week dedicated to follow up on a partial day patient basis. Ellern Mede accepts patients who are paying through private medical insurance or privately. A range of therapies will be offered including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which according to NICE guidelines and evidence, is the treatment with the best outcomes for these disorders. A period of symptom interruption is one of the values of inpatient treatment, which can lay a foundation for the patient to develop sustainable skills in managing their illness.

According to the NHS Digital report ‘Finished admission episodes of eating disorders” for timeframe 2010/11 to 2015/16, (as published on 2nd August 2017 in The Guardian), there has been a 61% increase over six years in hospital admissions for women aged 19 to 25.

Charity B-eat reports that of those with eating disorders, 10% are anorexic, 40% were bulimic and the rest fall into a wide category which includes Binge Eating Disorder. Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder are more common than Anorexia.

This new programme in London is expected to fill a much needed gap in eating disorder services for young women. The inpatient programme can potentially cater for up to 40 patients a year with more able to be seen in the Ellern Mede outpatients’ service.

Read more about Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder in our download report. 

To make a booking for an assessment please call us on 0203 209 7900. You can also fill in an online self-referral form.