Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh

Help for young people (11-18 years) with mental health issues and eating disorders

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Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh

Binny Estate,
Ecclesmachan Road,
EH52 6NL

Tel: 01506 856 023

Fax: 01506 865 270

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Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh

At The Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh, we provide a warm, homely and welcoming environment to help children and young people up to 18 years recover from a range of mental health conditions. This includes those with complex needs or a combination of mental health disorders, and eating disorders.

As one of our patients, you’ll get your own en-suite room in our beautiful country house, and you are encouraged to make it your own with personal touches so you feel at home. Everyone is treated as an individual, with their own unique needs cared for by person-centred, tailored treatment packages.

We have a hospital school so that you don’t miss out on your education.  We are regulated by Health Improvement Scotland who have rated us as "good" overall with a "very good" rating for quality of information.  To see our latest inspection report, please click below:

Inspection Report - August 2017

At our hospital we offer Dialetical Behaviour Therapy. This is a structured type of therapy that helps people who have difficulty controlling their emotions learn how to manage these difficult feelings with a view to decreasing self-harming, suicidal or other negative behaviours.  To deliver this model we have a core DBT team headed by our Lead Clinical Psychologist and our wider staff  all have a good understanding of DBT language, better insight into how changes to a physical environment can promote helpful behaviours and most importantly knowledge of the skills our patients are actually learning in the skills group. To learn more about DBT please click below:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy at Huntercombe Edinburgh

Getting here

  • Set in a gorgeous rural location

  • A five-minute drive from the M8/M9 motorway

  • Uphall station is a five minute drive away

  • A 15-minute drive from Edinburgh International Airport

  • On-site free parking

What's here

  • 22 beds in single bedrooms with en-suite facilities, including five bedrooms designed for young people with higher-dependency needs

  • Spacious dining room for supported meals and training kitchen

  • Sitting room with TV, DVDs, books and other recreation equipment

  • Sumptuous Moroccan themed lounge

  • Individual therapy and group work rooms

While you're here

  • 1:1 time with your keyworker and psychiatrist

  • Group and individual therapy sessions

  • Family therapy

  • Our hospital school is a registered independent school and offers teaching in both the English and Scottish education systems (GCSE / A-level and National 4/5 and Higher). Pupils follow an individual learning plan taught by qualified teachers. Pupils who are over 16 years of age and not in education are offered a choice of ASDAN courses.

  • Social activities programme

Care at Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh

Eating Disorders

We treat both males and females with a diagnosed eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. We aim to return patients to a healthy weight and to change the problem behaviours causing the eating disorder.
We work closely with our families and carers to give our patients the best chance of recovery when they go home.

General CAMHS Service

This service is for young people who have long-standing, complex mental health issues to deal with. These young people need some time in a safe environment with a team experienced in a broad range of mental health problems to work through their problems.

Family and Carer Connect

Some of our patients tell us that they actually like to be away from their local area as it helps them to really concentrate on getting better. Other patients would prefer to be closer to home.
To help our families keep in contact, we offer Family and Carer Connect, a travel and accommodation package. This is open to family members of patients at Huntercombe Edinburgh who are unable to claim financial assistance from their referring authority.

What people say about us

Reviews of our approach and how we've helped our patients

To June, thank you for always being around for a chat!  Me and my mum will definitely miss our conversations with you at the desk.

Former patient

To Marie, thank you for everything that you have done for me and helped me with over the past year.  You are such a caring person and I won't forget all the times that... Read more >

Former patient

Dear Phil, thank you so much for helping me as much as you have done over the past year.  You have been so kind and supportive of me the whole time and I just want you to know how... Read more >

Former patient

To Craig I cannot express to you how much you playing music to me has meant. Managing to perform in front of loads of people at the prom was all thanks to you giving me confidence.... Read more >

Former patient

To Moira, thank you for helping me over the past year. I will really miss you telling me the mango story and making me laugh as much as you do.  I loved doing cross stitch with you... Read more >

Former patient

Dear June, thank you for being such a fantastic receptionist, always smiling and cheering me up whenever I walked past your desk.  It always boosted my confidence whenever you said... Read more >

Former patient

To everyone at Huntercombe, a big thank you for all your care and kindness.  You are a fantastic team and we have very much appreciated how you have looked after our daughter and us.


To Lorna, thank you so much for teaching me in preparation for my GCSEs.  I definitely couldn't have done it without you.  Thanks for always being so positive and enthusiastic - it... Read more >

Former patient

You've been amazing. We are very grateful for all your care and expertise. We will miss you.


To Sarah Jane, I just wanted to write a little card to thank you for being my co-worker over the past few weeks.  Our wee chats have helped me more than you know.  Wish you all the best.

Former patient

To Kelly, I just wanted to write a little card to say thank you for being an amazing key worker and making my time at Huntercombe Edinburgh a little easier.  I know it's your job but... Read more >

Former patient

Dear Jane, Thank you for helping me get through my maths exam.  I'll miss you!  I've really enjoyed all the maths conversations we've had and I'll miss your sense of humour.  Thanks... Read more >

Former patient

Dear Craig, just to say thanks for being there and helping/nagging (lol) at me cause it may not seem like it at the time but it does help.

Former patient

Just wanted to say a very big thank you for all the support and care given to our daughter.  She has been on an epic journey while she has been in Huntercombe Edinburgh and I know... Read more >

Mother of former patient

To Nikki, I would like to say a massive thank you for being such an AMAZING keyworker.  You have always shown so much kindness to me and I am going to miss you a lot.  Good luck to... Read more >

Former patient

Thank you so much for all the kindness you have shown me and for supporting me during my recovery journey.  I have learned so much about myself since being at Huntercombe. I had hit... Read more >

Former patient

Dear Linda, I'm finding this letter the most difficult to write because I want to get it right.  I want to thank you and also acknowledge how hard this last year has been but you need... Read more >

Former patient

Linda, thank you for being such an amazing psychologist.  You were always so kind and caring towards me and were really good at understanding exactly what I was thinking and feeling. ... Read more >

Former patient

Advice and Support

Tailored care

‘We also provide financial support in the form of our Family and Carer Connect package to make it easier for families to be together on a regular basis.’

The Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh team

Our team at Edinburgh is led by Michael Sneddon, hospital director. He is supported by child and adolescent consultant psychiatrists, staff grade doctors, nurses and a therapy team including a clinical psychologist, family therapist, DBT nurse practitioner, a dietitian, social workers and teachers.

Who we work with

We are part of the QNIC network