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Ellern Mede Derby, Breaston, Derbyshire

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Local NHS and CCG commissioners as well as patients and families affected by eating disorders are warmly welcoming 17-bed Ellern Mede Derby hospital and school to the beautiful village of Breaston, Derbyshire.

Ellern Mede has successfully  treated thousands of young people with  eating disorder and pervasive arousal withdrawal (PAWS) conditions over the last 20 years. We have expanded from one hospital to many. Ellern Mede Derby is our fourth hospital.

We treat young people aged 8 to 18 and 18 to 25.  We offer standard and high dependency inpatient care. We serve both NHS and private customers. We also offer step down follow up care for gradual discharge.

Ellern Mede Derby

Ellern Mede Derby is an inpatient eating disorders and PAWS treatment centre and school, currently on schedule to open around November 2021 subject to building completion and CQC registration.

The hospital has two wards – ground floor Derwent ward for 7 young people aged 8 to 18 and  upper floor, Trent Ward, for 10 young adults aged 18 to 25.

We will also provide school education to GCSE and A-Level for young people to age 18 and in some cases, separately funded additional educational enrichment or support. This is provided by the same team as run Ellern Mede Ofsted-outstanding schools in our other three hospitals.

Refer your patient to our service

We will be accepting both NHS and private patients. To find out a bit more about the hospital speak to the manager on 01332 949513.

To make an inpatient NHS referral to Ellern Mede Derby please email [email protected] and fill in this form.

High quality building and spacious gardens

Ellern Mede Derby is in a beautiful rural village setting 8 miles east  of Derby and 9 miles west of Nottingham. We have named the wards after the two main rivers which run through Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The existing building has been completely refurbished and re-designed to the highest safety and quality standards and it has also beeen extended. The building is large and the garden area to the rear, about three times larger than the footprint of the whole building, will provide plenty of recreational outdoor space for healthy patient activities.

Large ensuite rooms

Ellern Mede Derby’s modern, spacious, light and well ventilated bedrooms and therapy rooms will help towards patients experiencing a healing environment. We provide the very best quality of safety features for vulnerable patients. Each ward has large ensuite rooms,  therapy rooms, treatment rooms, a nurse station, a dining room, lounges and quiet areas.  Click here to read our Patient Information Brochure.

Internationally renowned

Ellern Mede hospitals are internationally renowned for achieving high rates of sustained recovery, as well as outstanding educational support, for young people who have some of the most extreme eating disorders.

Admission Criteria

  • Age 8-18 years and 18 – 25
  • Diagnosis of an eating disorder and related conditions
  • Informal or Detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Most types of eating disorder as a primary diagnosis
  • Pervasive Arousal Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Eating Disorders Intensive Care (EDIC)

Our treatment approach focuses on physical and mental stabilisation. We have two treatment programmes – a standard and an intensive. An intensive programme is similar to what in the mental health sector is considered Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit or PICU.

Weight management and nutritional restoration is supported by our Specialist Doctors and Dietitians. Our intensive psychiatric and psychological therapeutic programmes address the underlying triggers of the eating disorder and teach skills for life outside of hospital. Our approach includes working closely with families or carers wherever that is possible,  We work with community teams to ensure post discharge support is co-ordinated.

If you would like more information about our full range of services, please contact Andy Ambler, Hospital Manager, Tel 01332 949513

If you would like more information about the School, please email [email protected]


“Since admitting our first patients to Ellern Mede hospitals around the UK, they have consistently provided treatment transforming young people’s lives and providing a much needed specialist eating disorder and PAWS treatment service ”

NHS England Commissioner

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NHS referrals

Ellern Mede provides specialist Tier 4 eating disorder services to NHS England, the NHS and similar bodies throughout the UK and Great Britain. Our NHS referrals contact is Aanika Patel. We will aim to acknowledge receipt of your NHS referral within 24 hours. Admission depends on bed availability. 

Private referrals

Call now for information on how to obtain a specialist referral and apply for Ellern Mede specialist private eating disorder services. Accepted referrals can begin treatment within two weeks. We cannot offer emergency appointments and if you are in a crisis, please contact NHS 111 or A&E.