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Ellern Mede Moorgate

In direct response to recent demand from families and referrers in South Yorkshire and the Midlands for more provision of eating disorder and pervasive arousal withdrawal (PAWS) treatment for young people aged 8 to 18 and 18 to 25, Ellern Mede opened Ellern Mede Moorgate hospital and school in Rotherham in Autumn 2019. We offer standard and high dependency inpatient care for NHS and private customers.

Ellern Mede Moorgate

Ellern Mede Moorgate is an inpatient eating disorders and PAWS treatment centre and school. Click here for a video about the eating disorders services the centre offers. The hospital has two wards – INCA ward for young people aged 8 to 18 and Aztec Ward for young adults aged 18 to 25 as well as an OFSTED registered school providing education to GCSE and A-Level for young people to age 18 and in some cases, separately funded additional educational enrichment or support.

The new centre opened in October 2019. Click here for a video tour of the service. A phased admission approach has been followed. By February 2020, seven of the available 12 beds were occupied. The centre is well situated in a lovely leafy suburb of Rotherham, easily accessed from both the M1 and the M18 and just a block away from Rotherham General Hospital. The Ellern Mede Moorgate School is on site with its own premises.

Ellern Mede Moorgate is a modern, spacious, light and well ventilated building with the very best quality of safety features for vulnerable patients. Each of the wards has six large en suite rooms, its own therapy rooms, treatment rooms, nurse station, dining room, lounges and quiet areas. We also have two landscaped garden areas for patient recreation. Click here to read our Patient Information Brochure.

The new 12 bed centre is purpose-built to the high standard of environment and quality of care we offer at all our Ellern Mede hospitals. We 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.

Ellern Mede Moorgate School provides either privately-funded, or Local Authority-funded, education to GCSE and A-Level with a broad curriculum able to create bespoke programmes to match whatever a young person is learning at their mainstream school. Attendees are not only patients of the hospital; they may also be local students who are living at home but who are unable to attend (or self-excluded) from mainstream school because of ill health and their special educational needs. Read the 2020 OFSTED report about Ellern Mede Moorgate School. The Headmaster, Board and leadership team are the same as have always run Ellern Mede School in London, which is rated as “Outstanding”, the latest Ellern Mede School OFSTED report published in 2018.

About Ellern Mede Services as a group

Ellern Mede Services as a group, was established in 2000. We have always provided evidence-based specialised treatment and education for children and young people with eating disorders or PAWS ever since. Ellern Mede Ridgeway in Mill Hill, London, cares for up to 28 inpatients and has a separate Cottage for step down care; Ellern Mede Barnet in north London treats up to 16 inpatients and has a separate Annex for step down care. Both our London centres also provide outpatient services including post discharge outpatient support working closely with NHS Community Teams. Ellern Mede Moorgate brings 12 new inpatient eating disorder beds, and education whilst in hospital, to South Yorkshire.

Admission Criteria

As an independent provider, we cater for patients from anywhere in the UK and the world, funded either through personal means, most major medical insurers and government funding. We work in partnership with the NHS, families and other professionals. For families, your GP and NHS team are your route to making enquiries for NHS funded treatment. Privately funded treatments may be made directly, accompanied by a GP referral from wherever in the world the patient originates.

  • Age 8-18 years, 18 – 25, and Transition Services CAMHS to Adult treatment
  • 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)

Our treatment approach focuses on physical and mental stabilisation.  Weight management and restoration is supported by an intensive therapeutic programme which often includes working with families or carers during and post discharge unless this is not advised. Our High Dependency Unit service can be described as Eating Disorder Intensive Care (EDIC) which is very similar to what is often called a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). 

Therapies at Ellern Mede Moorgate

Ellern Mede has a full multi-disciplinary team who offer both individual and group therapy. Therapeutic approaches are is tailored to suit the needs of the patient and their individual stages of treatment.  Psychiatry-led Multidisciplinary Team interventions include but are not limited to:

  • Psychiatry, Psychology, Dietetics, Nursing, Activities, Meal Support
  • Family Therapy & Parent or Carer Psycho-educational Support
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy

If you would like more information about our full range of services, please contact Sharon Donaldson, Service Director North Region, Tel: 0203 981 7252 If you would like more information about the School, please contact Adel Shirbini on 0208 959 7774.


Demand for our services tells us there is a great need to expand eating disorder programmes of a flexible nature across wider areas of the UK. Many patients travel to London for our inpatient care from the Midlands and Yorkshire. We hope to offer them our services closer to home.”

Dr Hind Al Khairulla

Ellern Mede, 136 Moorgate Rd, Rotherham S60 3AZ, UK

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.