Ellern Mede is an internationally renowned specialist based in North London (Barnet and Mill Hill) offering an inpatient treatment service for children and young people with eating disorders. For over 18 years we have offered recovery-focused treatment as well as high dependency intensive treatment for complex cases.
The intensive programme provides inpatient treatment for patients with highly complex, challenging or chronic conditions. This includes those who are resistant to treatment, severely medically compromised and have a history of self-harm. Treatment is focused on family participation where possible, including skills-based family therapy and knowledge about how best to offer the patient meal support at home.
Who we treat
Children and young people diagnosed with an eating disorder who may, or may not be detained under the Mental Health Act. We can also support patients who have a physical disability. Ellern Mede Barnet has an eight bed Transition Ward which supports young adults aged 18 – 22 years transitioning from CAMHS to adult services or back home.
All treatment programmes 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 following their discharge ranging from Outpatient to Day Care and family support.
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.
Our Referrals Team will be happy to make appointments for you at the most appropriate service for you.
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.”