Inpatient services

Ellern Mede is an internationally renowned specialist service for people with eating disorders. Based in London for over 16 years, our expert clinicians offer both inpatient and outpatient treatments tailor-made to each individual. We offer short term recovery-focused treatment as well as high dependency intensive treatment for complex cases.

We have inpatient and outpatient services for a full range of eating disorders and food-related anxiety disorders as well as eating disorder treatment focusing on family participation including skills-based family meal support. Ellern Mede Family Services offers a new approach for the treatment of eating disorders, with one of the greatest degrees of family participation available anywhere in the world.

Who we treat

  • Children and young people aged 8 – 18 diagnosed with an eating disorder
  • Children and young people and their families
  • Young adults 18 – 25 diagnosed with an eating disorder
  • People diagnosed with an eating disorder and detained in terms of the Mental Health Act
  • People with eating disorders as well as physical disabilities

Range of eating disorders we treat

Treatment Programmes

  • Inpatient High Dependency Unit
  • Inpatient and Outpatient tailored packages
  • Day patient / outpatient

All programmes such as that of Binge eating disorder feature transitional and post-discharge support to prepare people for managing life back in the community. We offer a full care pathway for eating disorder patients ranging from Outpatient to Day Care and where necessary, inpatient treatment in a dedicated programme and leading therapy suitable for the patient’s condition and circumstances.

Treatment locations:


Ellern Mede Ridgeway

Inpatient hospital in Mill Hill London

Ellern Mede Barnet

Inpatient and Outpatient hospital in Barnet, London

Outpatient Services

Wimpole Street & Harley Street, London

Ellern Mede School

Ellern Mede Ridgeway site, Holcombe Hill, London

We see patients develop the confidence to face challenges that previously seemed insurmountable. We give the patient as much time as they need to grow stronger at their own pace. There is a cohort of eating disorder patients for whom inpatient care is vital.

Dr Hind Al-Khairulla, Clinical Director


Our Referrals Team will be happy to make appointments for you at the most appropriate service for you.

Exceptional Results

As a team of experts dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders we have extensive experience and knowledge in helping our patients and their families to understand and manage their illness and learn to overcome it. We understand the difficulty facing families and patients in seeking urgent, personalised treatment. Self-paying patients can contact our service even without a formal GP referral.

Our philosophy of care

Our team understand that it is the Eating Disorder that is difficult and challenging, not the patient. Our goal is to help the patient to develop trust in the team and their family, and to use these relationships as resources for the young person to grow in confidence to challenge the illness and regain their pre-illness relationships and life skills. Our inpatient environments are friendly, informal and yet structured enough to help the young person or adult to feel safe and to develop self-control. We value the individual as part of their larger family and social structure.

Dr Hind Al-Khairulla, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director explains: “Our therapists help people to see that the Eating Disorder is not part of their identity. We support the person to take control of their disorder. When they know they have the support of a strong group of understanding and expert clinicians as well as their family and friends, this gives them the confidence to face challenges which previously seemed insurmountable.”