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Ravenswood House

Ravenswood House, Knowle, Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 5NA02382 310800
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An aerial view of Ravenswood, our medium secure unit for adults with severe mental illness

Ravenswood House is a medium secure unit providing assessment, care and treatment for adults with serious mental illness.

Our service is for people with serious mental illness and/or personality disorder who need to receive their care in a medium secure environment.

Most of our patients have either committed a criminal offence, or have challenging behaviour.  We admit patients from high secure hospitals, local psychiatric hospitals, prisons and the courts. 

You  can only be admitted to Ravenswood House if you have been referred to our service. We accept referrals from consultant psychiatrists in mental health services. We don’t accept referrals directly from primary care (such as your GP) - these referrals should be seen by a consultant psychiatrist first.

We also accept referrals from:

  • Courts   
  • Probation Service
  • Prison Service
  • Solicitors
  • Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) leads
  • Social Services departments

We accept referrals from Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Please address all referrals (using this referral form) to:

Clinical Services Director of the Wessex Forensic Psychiatry Service

Ravenswood House
Mayles Lane, Knowle
Fareham, PO17 5NA
Fax: 01329 836 196

If you'd like advice on making a referral, please call 023 82 310800.

The teams on each of the following wards comprise of a multi disciplinary team comprised of nurses, support workers, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrist all of whom are based at Ravenswood House.

We  provide a range of treatments, therapies and services for patients at Ravenswood. Our highly skilled staff help promote recovery and develop care plans to meet a patient’s individual needs. (Click here for information about occupational therapy services).

Inside the unit we also have a variety of facilities, including:

  • Restaurant         

  • Patient shop

  • Patient clothes shop

  • Patient library

  • Patient bank

  • Coffee shop

  • Dental surgery
  • Large gymnasium with aerobic fitness machines


We also provide the friends and family of our patients the opportunity to attend a monthly forum. 


Our team will work closely with you during your stay to ensure you health and wellbeing.

Our wards

We have five wards at Ravenswood – where you stay will depend on what stage of treatment you are in and your current health and wellbeing.

Some of our wards help people who are acutely unwell. We have intensive care areas for those needing specialist and intensive support. This type of care is primarily provided on Malcolm Faulk ward. Other wards, such as Mary Graham and Lyndhurst provide ongoing treatment and assessment.

Our Meon Valley ward supports patients who will require a long stay. The layout of this ward is less clinical than the other wards and provides more of a homely feel.

Ashurst Ward focuses on rehabilitation. This ward is used before you are discharged into the community or a different service. 

Ravenswood House is a secure unit and therefore, there are rules and procedures that visitors and staff need to follow.

Visits can be made between:

Monday – Friday:            4pm – 8pm

Saturday – Sunday:         9am – 8pm

No visitors will be permitted into the Unit after 7.30pm unless in exceptional circumstances.  

In order to keep our staff and service users safe, we have a list of prohibited items which cannot be brought into the Unit.  

Neither staff or visitors are allowed to bring in any of these items into the unit:


  • Phones
  • Diaries
  • Car Keys
  • Paperwork with personal information on
  • Laptops
  • Memory sticks


A personal locker is available for staff and visitors to leave these above items in, if required. 

Service Users can receive items from relatives/carers/friends, however, the following are not allowed: 

Prohibited items 


  • Prescription/Non prescription
  • Legal Herbal Highs
  • Alcohol (and any liquid containing alcohol)
  • Super Glue
  • Knives, bladed articles or scissors
  • Firearms and other weapons including replicas and home-made or manufactured items
  • Passports
  • Cash, exceeding the amount specified in Trust Policy
  • Copied Discs (CD’s, DVD’s)
  • Recordable Equipment
  • Any equipment that allows the patient direct access to the internet (e.g., modems, 
  • personal computers, laptops and MP3 players with wireless adapters or wireless connectivity)
  • Survival equipment which could be used to assist in an escape i.e., military surplus items, 
  • military manuals, books or magazines
  • Cameras
  • Cigarette Lighters/Matches
  • Aerosols
  • Electric Fires
  • Weights or improvised weight lifting equipment
  • Candles and incense sticks
  • Maps

No A&E available

TeamMain phone number
Ashurst Ward, Ravenswood House01329 836000
Forensic Psychiatry Community Team,...01329 836000
Lyndhurst Ward01329 836000
Mary Graham Ward01329 836000
Meon Valley Ward01329 836000
Pathfinder Team01329 836000

How to get here

If you do want to use an online map service or sat nav, use PO17 5ND, Mayles Lane.

If you're entering Mayles Lane via Wickham (M27 J10) you must continue for about a mile along the lane after your directions have finished. Ravenswood House is signposted on your left.

If you're entering Mayles Lane via Titchfield (M27 J9) Ravenswood House is signposted on your right before your route directions have finished.

Travelling by car

Coming from the M4, A34, or London via the M3: 

Once on the M3, follow the motorway until you approach Junction 13.  Then follow the signs for the M27 to Fareham and Portsmouth.

From the M27, come off at Junction 10*.  Take the A32 signposted to Wickham and Alton.  Follow the A32 until you come to a roundabout with a Shell garage in front of you.  There will also be a playing field to your left.  At this roundabout take first left, then take the second turning on the left into Mayles Lane.  (Ravenswood House is signposted at the beginning of this road).  Follow this road for a mile or so and the turning for Ravenswood House will be on your left hand side. 

Coming from the Portsmouth direction on the M27:

Come off at Junction 10 which takes you onto the A32 towards Wickham and Alton.  Then follow directions as above.

When approaching Junction 10 from the west (Bournemouth/Southampton) direction, you will need to come off the motorway where it is signposted to Gosport A32 Junction 11. Go over the motorway bridge and then come back onto the motorway facing towards the Southampton direction.  Junction 10 is then the first exit directly onto the A32 towards Wickham and Alton. (Do not follow the A32 towards Gosport).

Public Transport

Bus service

If you are travelling from Fareham, please catch the number 94 or 94a bus to Knowle Village. There is a 2-3 minute walk to Ravenswood.

Numbers 38/138, 69, 94, 669 will take you to Wickham. You can walk to Ravenswood House from Wickham via Mayles Lane. This will take approximately 15–20 minutes.


If you're travelling by train, the nearest station is ‘Station Approach, Fareham’ (4 miles away)

There is a taxi rank and bus service available from the station (please see above) Further information on travel from the station can be found on the National Rail website

Find out more about any job vacancies we have going at Ravenswood 

Your feedback is important to us as a service so if you have anything you would like to share, whether a compliment, comment or complaint, please do not hesitate to do so via our Complaints and Patient Experience Team  

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