Ravenswood House



Ravenswood House 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. 

The teams on each of the following wards comprise of a multi disciplinary team made up of nurses, support workers, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrist all of whom are based at Ravenswood House. Our team will work closely with you during your stay.

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 Ward and Lyndhurst Ward 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. 

Inside the unit we 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. 

Ravenswood House is a secure unit and 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.  

Please note - this may change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

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
  • 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: 

  • Prescription/non prescription medication
  • 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

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

If you'd like advice on making a referral, please call 023 82 310800. Please access our referral form here.

Further information 

Contact number
How to find us

Ravenswood House, Knowle, Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 5NA

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.

Bus - 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.

Train -  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


Parking on site is limited but free. 

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