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About Ellern Mede

Ellern Mede has been providing evidence-based specialised treatment for children and young people with eating disorders since 2000. We support children and young people aged 8 to 18 years, with a full care pathway to achieve exceptional rates of recovery. In addition, Ellern Mede Barnet has a four bed ward for young adults up to 22 years transitioning from CAMHS to adult services, the community or back home.

We have two hospitals, both based in North London, the first is at Ridgeway and is registered for 28 patients and the second is at Barnet is registered for up to 16 patients. We are expanding and will soon be announcing new services serving South Yorkshire and the Midlands. We also offer flexible Outpatient Services for eating disorders.

Ellern Mede School has been rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted which allows children and young people to continue with their learning whilst they are with us. The school also support pupils who may be transitioning home or back to their school. Alternatively, the school can support pupils once they have been discharged if returning to their own school is not an option.

Admission Criteria

We work in partnership with the NHS, families and other professionals and can advise and assist with NHS inpatient referrals OR with people seeking self-pay or insurance-funded options from the UK and other countries.

  • Age 8-18 years
  • Diagnosis of an eating disorder with or without co-morbidities
  • Informal or Detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)
  • Pervasive Withdrawal Syndrome (PWS) or Pervasive Refusal Syndrome (PRS)

Ellern Mede Ridgeway and Ellern Mede Barnet are both regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ellern Mede School is regulated by Ofsted.

– Read the latest CQC Report for Ellern Mede Ridgeway

– Read the latest CQC Report for Ellern Mede Barnet

– Read the latest Ofsted Report for Ellern Mede School


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 / outpatient hospital in Mill Hill London

Ellern Mede Barnet inpatient / outpatient hospital in Barnet, London

Ellern Mede outpatient initial therapeutic assessment, central London

Our NHS Referrals Officer or Private Patient Co-ordinator will be happy to advise you on how to apply for the most appropriate Ellern Mede 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, but discharge planning is evident throughout every programme.

Dr Hind Al-Khairulla, Clinical Director

Our philosophy of care

Our goal is to help the patient to develop trust in the team and use us as a resource to gain the strength, esteem and confidence to challenge the illness. We help young people manage their disorder and live their life without the disorder controlling them.

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 Director of Clinical Operations

“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.”