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Outpatient Services are once again open to new patients but for online assessment and therapy only.

Do I have an eating disorder? If that’s what you wonder, it’s worth checking, because early intervention vastly improves your speed of recovery. Your first step should be to see your GP and ask for a Junior or Adult MARSIPAN check, blood tests and assessment with a referral for a specialist Outpatient Eating Disorder Assessment, such as we offer at Ellern Mede Group hospitals. Our affordable private outpatient services are for children to age 18, young adults up to age 25, with specialist support for families and carers. We offer Psychiatry, Psychology, Family Therapy, Dietetics, and Nursing. We offer self-pay and insurance-covered services. Our stepped model of outpatient care is ideal for stepping down, from intensive treatment, or stepping up from outpatient treatment that has not been effective.

Too ill for outpatient treatment? If you are medically at risk and have been ill for a long time without effective treatment, talk to us about our inpatient service. Your NHS team may be able to refer you or you could consider private options.

About Ellern Mede’s rapid access Outpatient Eating Disorder Programmes

The Ellern Mede outpatient service provides therapeutic assessment and short term treatment of eating disorders.Over six to eight weeks you will receive focused multi-dimensional input for young people and their families. During this time when social distancing is essential, we offer early intervention, psycho-education, 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.

You may or may not be aware that in the UK there are few publically-funded options for Outpatient Eating Disorder Services. We know that waiting lists for Community Mental Health Services can at times be inconvenient. Our private therapies are available at affordable prices and provided we can obtain full clinical information from your NHS or Private GP or other professional, we can see suitable and accepted cases rapidly. Accepted cases are based on medical information provided to us prior to our own assessment. We aim to answer your enquiries within 24 hours. It usually takes some time for you to send us referral medical information and blood test results but after receipt of this information, we aim for you to have an online or face to face consultation with the outpatient psychiatrist within two weeks.

Ellern Mede is independent, but requires close liaison with NHS and private primary care for continuity of care and crisis planning. The advantage means these other resources assist you, both during and after, your Ellern Mede Outpatient Programme.

We offer Day Patient services when you require a more intensive package of support but don’t require full hospitalisation. We can help you to stay out of hospital this way.

We can provide therapies such as Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Integrative Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Dietetic input, Psycho-education and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.

When the UK returns to a more normal situation after corona virus we will hope to resume outpatient individual and group work. Your programme may include supported eating of meals and snacks. The team are often called the Multi-Disciplinary Team or MDT, and the team is led by the Ellern Mede Psychiatrist. Every programme is tailored for your needs.

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, you would not be well served by any Outpatient Eating Disorder Programme. This is the reason for our very careful triage of your medical information 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 wherever you may be able to find this, usually through your NHS or Private GP.

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

There is always a waiting list for Ellern Mede inpatient beds. If you need an inpatient bed immediately, it is important that you accept that treatment wherever it is immediately available and this is usually best accessed through the NHS system. We can place you on a waiting list, but as we have limited private beds, should your need be urgent, we can never promise to have one available, however we will help put you in touch with NHS colleagues.

How do I contact you to make an Outpatient enquiry?

Please call Melis Simsek on the private outpatient mobile hotline on 07583 669226 or Email [email protected]


“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.