Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh

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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 teaches (where possible) at GCSE, AS & A Level, Intermediate 1 & 2, Standard Grade and Higher. We are recognised by the Joint Qualifications Authority for England and Wales; and the Scottish Qualifications Authority as a site for pupils to sit national exams

  • 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

I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the staff and patients.  You have always been so kind and supportive and I am going to miss you all so much.  I wish you all the best for the future an


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 she still has a lon

Mother of 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 rock bottom so ma

Former patient

There are no words to thank you all enough for your help, care and dedication, without which I know my daughter would no longer be with us.  You are all amazing.

Patient's family

Thank you is a very small statement for such a large feeling but thank you for helping my daughter find her way back.

Patient's family

They helped to save my life and helped me to change the way I thought about eating food.

Former patient

Thank you for all the support provided to me and my family. I still have a long journey ahead, however, your advice, encouragement and skills will remain with me.

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