Treatment Programme

Our philosophy is to engage with and treat the person as a whole to facilitate their physical, mental and emotional recovery. We provide a safe and supportive environment which respects patients and their families as individuals, whilst also encouraging the young people to pursue their educational aspirations.

The Centre has an inpatient capacity of 20 beds which are provided two services, Rapid Response and High Dependency. The service provides a range of specialised equipment and adapted facilities to cater for patients with limited mobility or more intense physical needs including cardiac monitors, hoists, profile beds, assisted bathrooms and lifts.  Medical and nursing interventions such as intensive laboratory investigations, naso-gastric feeds including pump feeds and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding can also be provided on site. These interventions will be supported with high levels of specialised nursing, regular medical monitoring, psychosocial interventions, family work, psychoeducation, dietetic, nutritional and specialist investigations. Our kitchen achieved a 5 star 'excellent' rating from the local health inspectorate and meals plans are prepared with the advice of a specialised dietician.  The building provides enhanced physical security features such as access control and CCTV in communal areas.

A Multidisciplinary Team assessment will take place within 24 hours of referral and admission soon after.  Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Team Care Plan Reviews (CPAs) are held every 6 weeks with the involvement of the parents, local CAMHS team and the commissioning body, at which collaborative decisions for further management are made. A post discharge follow up service is available upon request.

Rapid Response Service

The Rapid Response Service is an in-patient treatment programme that offers immediate assessment and admission, within 24 hours of referral. The Rapid Response Service provides a short stay, crisis management function focusing on intensive physical and psychological stabilisation sufficient to allow discharge to home or local services. Discharge is anticipated within 3 months but may be sooner.

High Dependency Unit (HDU)

The HDU provides intensive inpatient treatment for highly complex and challenging eating disorder cases. For example those who are severely medically compromised; those who are suicidal or intensely resistant to treatment or who present with challenging behaviour; those with pervasive refusal syndrome; and those patients requiring treatment under the provisions of the Mental Health Act. The length of stay will vary: some admissions may be medium to long term but other patients may be able to transfer to another eating disorder programme after a brief period of stay.


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The Ellern Mede Service for Eating Disorders

Holcombe Hill,
The Ridgeway,
Mill Hill,
London  NW7 4HX

T: 08444 725 111
F: 08444 725 202