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Outpatient Services are currently online only.

We are fully booked and can take no more new cases until March 2021. Please note that outpatient treatment is helpful for low risk conditions only. You will need to remain under the care of a GP while engaging in this service.

​Ellern Mede’s unique advantage is our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach which combines Dietetic Support with Psychology and Psychiatry as well as Family Therapy to give you the best chance of recovery.

At this time however, we are only offering all therapies online and this is only suitable if you are not a high risk patient.

If you or your loved one thinks that disordered eating has become an Eating Disorder, please see your GP right away. We can see you at Ellern Mede as soon as your GP has helped you with a number of things:

A full consultation involving

  • Weight
  • Height
  • vital signs and
  • full count blood tests.

Ask your doctor or health professional to fill in this Ellern Mede referral form which has all the information that we need to assess if you are appropriate for Outpatient Treatment.

Prior to seeing your doctor, and to help you know what to ask for, you may find it useful to download and read these documents

  • BEAT GP Leaflet
  • Junior MARSIPAN Summary

Admission Criteria

Our affordable private outpatient services are for children aged 12 to 18 and young adults aged 18 to early 20s on a case by case basis using the information we receive from the referral process explained above. We offer Psychiatry, Psychoeducation, Dietetics with specialist additional support for families and carers where this is prescribed.


Payment can be self-funded or through medical insurance. As yet, Ellern Mede Outpatient Service has no pre-arranged NHS contract. There is no cost for us receiving and reviewing your medical information to see if our service could benefit you. The next step is a Multi-Therapeutic Assessment which usually, but not always leads to us prescribing a treatment programme. If not, we will give you some helpful advice on what to do next.

Outpatient care is ideal for stepping down from intensive treatment or stepping up from other outpatient treatment that perhaps has not been effective.  BMI is NOT the most important part of an ED diagnosis however do please note that if you have a BMI of under 15, you probably need a more intensive programme than Ellern Mede Outpatients can offer. We often recommend you remain with an NHS CAMHS or Adult Community Service as a first priority and discuss with your treatment team if you want to approach a private provider as both teams would need to collaborate.

What to expect

Over ten weeks or longer, you will receive focused individualised clinician to client / client family input. During this time when social distancing is essential, we offer online psychoeducation, psychiatric and psychological online therapies and dietetic advice with meal plans. When face to face consultation is once again possible, we will continue to offer this in the form of specialist therapeutic NICE-concordant and evidence-based care, including Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Kiran Chitale’s RESPECT-ME model.

We will rely on your GP or other medical professional for physical monitoring throughout your online Outpatient Treatment Plan. Your local Accident and  Emergency is still your first contact in a crisis.

Day Patient Services will be resumed following the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions.


Why do I need my GP to arrange blood tests and a physical examination before I apply for Outpatient treatment?

As a specialist psychiatry-led service which does not provide Outpatient Primary Care we rely on your usual primary care provider to take responsibility for your physical and mental health on a day to day basis and to provide us with this information in order to risk assess you throughout your treatment. Blood Tests are very important as this shows us exactly what physical effect your eating disorder is having on your body. Physical stabilisation is essential before psychological and psychiatric interventions can be of help to you. You also depend on the country’s Emergency Services as eating disorders are serious illnesses. You may at times be taken ill very suddenly and it is not possible for us as a specialist eating disorder service without emergency beds to help you.

What reasons could there be for not being accepted for an Outpatient Eating Disorder Programme?

If you are so physically affected by an eating disorder that you need urgent care of the type only possible as an Inpatient, we will be unable to offer an Outpatient Eating Disorder Programme. This is the reason for our risk assessment prior to accepting your case. If an Ellern Mede consultant psychiatrist believes you are ‘red’ in a Junior or Adult MARSIPAN assessment, they will advise you that you need more intensive care and will signpost you to an NHS crisis pathway.

Why can’t I be fast accessed to an Ellern Mede inpatient bed?

Ellern Mede does not accept emergency admissions. There is always a waiting list for Ellern Mede inpatient beds. If you need an inpatient bed immediately, it is important that you take up that treatment in whatever hospital you are offered by the NHS as soon as possible. We do not recommend private inpatient stays for eating disorders because of the length of typical treatment and the expense. Medical insurance may sometimes agree to short term care, but this almost never fully covers the cost of a full inpatient episode. Ellern Mede has a limited number of inpatient beds in comparison to the NHS. There is always a waiting list for Ellern Mede inpatient beds, whether the case is through the NHS or through private funding.

How do I contact you to make an Outpatient enquiry?

Please fill in the private referral enquiry form on our website. We can only accept enquiries via the website at this time.

If you are medically at risk and have been ill for a long time without effective treatment, please talk to your current treatment team about an NHS-funded inpatient service. Your NHS team may be able to refer you. Private inpatient treatment is seldom available without a waiting list and we recommend NHS services as your best option if you need an inpatient stay. Our Outpatient Service cannot arrange an inpatient bed for you and always advises that you initially pursue an NHS route for children’s inpatient eating disorder stays.

“Getting specialist diagnosis early improves recovery. Outpatient service is the best way to achieve an early diagnosis and preventative treatment.” Dr Hind Al-Khairulla

NHS referrals

Ellern Mede has provided specialist Tier 4 eating disorder services to the NHS since 2000. We respond to referrals within 24 hours.

Private referrals

Call now for immediate access to Ellern Mede specialist private eating disorder services. Accepted referrals begin treatment within two weeks or faster in emergencies.