Ellern Mede is an internationally renowned specialist service for children and young adults with anorexia nervosa, similar eating disorders as well as Pervasive Arousal Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). 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 three hospitals – two in London and one in South Yorkshire.
We have inpatient and outpatient services treating eating disorders and food related anxiety disorders as well as disorders such as PAWS which include inability to eat as part of the condition. Our eating disorders treatment involves parents where appropriate, including skills-based family meal support if required to complement family therapy.
Who we treat
- Children and young people aged 8 – 18 diagnosed with an eating disorder
- Young Adults aged 18 – 25 diagnosed with an eating disorder
- People diagnosed with an eating disorder and detained under the Mental Health Act
- People with eating disorders as well as physical disabilities
Range of eating disorders we treat
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Food related Anxiety Disorders
- Pervasive Arousal Withdrawal Syndrome
- Inpatient High Dependency Unit
- Inpatient and Outpatient tailored packages
- Day patient / outpatient
We help to prepare inpatients for managing life back in the community by phased leave and close collaboration with community services. We offer a full care pathway for eating disorder patients. We also deliver Outpatient and Day Care services, with dedicated programmes suitable for the patient’s condition and circumstances.
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.
Our Referrals Team will advise on how referrers can apply for our treatments. We need a professional referral, full count blood tests, risk assessments and medical history. Once that is supplied and our clinical team are sure they can help, we will make an initial assessment appointment with a consultant psychiatrist. If the referral is a pre-arranged and accepted NHS Admission to Inpatient, then your NHS team will confirm with you when you will be admitted.
We are 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, manage the illness, and learn to overcome it.
We do understand the difficulty sometimes facing families and patients when they want urgent treatment. If you are in a crisis, don’t hesitate to access the NHS crisis services such as NHS 111 for advice or Accident and Emergency if there is any immediate risk. NHS England’s Specialist Commissioning Teams commission a specific number of Ellern Mede beds and in addition, we have beds for patients who are funded through other means or privately. All outpatients must have a GP referral and a GP relationship to coincide with outpatient eating disorder treatment.
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 expert clinicians to help them, as well as their family and friends, this gives them the confidence to face challenges which previously seemed insurmountable.”