About Ellern Mede

About Ellern Mede

Ellern Mede has provided evidence-based specialised treatment for eating disorders since 2000, supporting patients to achieve exceptional rates of recovery. We now offer a full care pathway for children and a bulimia nervosa pathway for adults, with a variety of programmes including outpatient and inpatient services at a number of London locations. Immediate access to treatment is possible. We accept private patients as well as providing an NHS England-commissioned children’s service.

Eating disorders are serious illnesses affecting both the mind and the body. We believe the earlier you seek treatment the better. Our team understand that it is the Eating Disorder that is difficult and challenging, not the patient. We treat both the physical and mental aspects of the illness. We help the patient to develop trust in the team and their family.

Family participation in treatment is the best evidenced approach to eating disorders therapy. We emphasise the role of the parents in their child’s recovery and work in partnership with them. Ellern Mede has developed a unique approach to family-based eating disorder treatments building on the best evidence from across the world.

Our vision

Ellern Mede is committed to offering specialist, safe, effective eating disorder care in a holistic approach to facilitate physical, mental and emotional recovery.

We value:

  • Safe, effective care for patients
  • Providing a supportive, safe and rewarding environment for our staff
  • Open and transparent communication with patients, patient families and the health professionals we work with
  • Continuous quality improvement through internal and external audit and review


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 to eating disorder treatment, 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
  • Adults diagnosed with an eating disorder
  • Adults and their families
  • 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

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Food related Anxiety Disorders
  • Pervasive Arousal Withdrawal Syndrome


Treatment Programmes

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


Treatment locations

Ellern Mede Ridgeway inpatient hospital in Mill Hill London
Ellern Mede Barnet inpatient / outpatient hospital in Barnet, London
Ellern Mede outpatient services, Harley Street, London
Ellern Mede outpatient services, Wimpole Street, London
Our Referrals Team will be happy to make appointments for you at the most appropriate service for you.


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. Dr Hind Al-Khairulla, Clinical Director

Talk to us

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. Whilst we would always recommend a GP referral, self-paying patients can contact our service directly.

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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 disorder and regain their pre-morbid 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 impossible to overcome.”


Dr Hind Al-Khairulla, Clinical Director

“Our belief is never to give up on any patient and to continue having hope no matter how unwell they may be.”    


Nancy Maicoo, Registered Manager and Head of Nursing

“We have a high success rate with patients because we commit extraordinary resource in terms of skilled staff, close observation and care, the best therapies and an approach that involves not just the patient but their close relatives as well.”


We encourage regular family visits

Parent: “A great big thank you to all and especially for allowing our visits to be as frequent as possible over the weekend around meal and snack times. Due to our flight times you kindly adapted the schedule to give us our quality mother and son time.”


Patient letter to Dr Hind Al Khairulla

“Thank you so much for what you have done for me. You are the kindest, most warm-hearted amazing person I have ever met. I remember the days when I used to just pace up and down. You taught me to cope with stressful situations in ways other than exercise. I’m sure hundreds of other kids will benefit from your support.”