Tel: 01506 856 023
Fax: 01506 865 270
Some bed availability
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:
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:
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
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
1:1 time with your keyworker and psychiatrist
Group and individual therapy sessions
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
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.
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.
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.
Family and Carer Connect can be used either by the patient to have some time away from the hospital for planned home leave, or by family members or carers wishing to visit their child here at the hospital.
Twice per calendar month, we will fund:
Two low cost return flights within the UK OR
Two standard return train tickets from UK mainland stations OR
Contribution to fuel costs
We will also organise transfer to and from the airport/train station and will pay for overnight accommodation for two sharing.
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.
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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 >
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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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Thank you for everything you have done for me. You're the first people I've ever opened up to and you've made me realise that it's OK to share my feelings. I want you to know... Read more >
Thank you for the support and care of our daughter since July. We have been very impressed with the personalised approach of the hospital, the quality care of staff and the opportunities... Read more >
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‘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.’
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.