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Transforming Our Services

Future plans to develop our Secure Forensic Mental Health and Learning Disability Services

Southern Health is planning to transform its Secure Forensic Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Services.

These plans aim to increase the availability of Secure Forensic Mental Health and Learning Disability Services enabling more patients to receive care closer to home. They will also significantly reduce the national shortage of beds for young people with severe mental health problems. We hope that our new developments will help to create a centre of excellence by attracting highly skilled, sustainable mental health workforce and modernising our facilities.  

Woodhaven (currently a Low Secure Hospital for adults with a learning disability) is being redesigned to become an Adolescent Low Secure Hospital. This will provide up to 14 beds primarily for young people from the south of the country. The interim low secure ward currently located in Bluebird House will transfer over to the new low secure hospital when it is ready.

This will help to meet the national shortage of beds for young people with special mental health needs and will mean that patients living in the south of the country will be able to be treated closer to home preventing them having to travel long distances to receive the care they need.  

Plans have been agreed, and we began building work to Woodhaven in November 2018. The outside of the building will not change but the interior will be redesigned to ensure it meets the needs of the patients. 

To allow us to redesign the Woodhaven site, we have temporarily moved the patients based in Ashford Ward at Woodhaven, to Ashurst Ward at Ravenswood House, our Medium Secure Forensic Hospital based in Fareham. 
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To accommodate the patients currently being supported at Woodhaven we plan to build a brand new bespoke 10 bedded Low Secure Forensic Residential Unit on the main Tatchbury Mount site adjacent to Woodhaven. To make use of current resources this replaces Rufus Lodge, currently an unused clinical building onsite.   

The new building will be tailored around the needs of our patients with all the up to date facilities needed to enable us to continue providing the best care to our patients. Our patients, families and carers and our staff will have an opportunity to influence the interior design of the residential building.    

We received approval for the planning permission we began building work in November 2018 with a completion date of January 2020.

Following the outcomes from the CQC inspection in 2014, Ravenswood House has undergone some significant work to ensure it is safe and fit for purpose for its patients. 


Patients previously being supported on Ashurst Ward have moved to Meon Valley Ward within Ravenswood. This has enabled works to be carried out on Ashurst Ward to re-designed and ensure it meets the needs of our low secure patients with a learning disability that have temporarily moved from Woodhaven.

There are a number of reasons behind our plans to change our services.

The Adult forensic Pathway needs to be reconfigured so that we can reduce the length of stay of patients in hospital in order to support them in the community, where they can be treated in the least restrictive manner which will promote recovery and rehabilitation.

We currently have more people in medium secure settings due to a relative under provision of low secure beds. We will provide more low secure services for adults, and more services for female patients will require care in low secure settings with the aim of promoting the recovery and rehabilitation.

Due to the imbalance between low and medium secure beds, patients from our catchment area have to go out of area to access care, which makes maintaining contact with families and rehabilitation more difficult.

In our Adolescent Forensic Services, whilst we provide a medium secure service, we have no low secure service. Nationally there is inadequate provision of low secure services for young people, resulting in young people from the south of the country having to sometimes travel hundreds of miles away from their homes and families to receive treatment.The provision of a new low secure service will mean that young people who need care in secure settings will have a complete pathway available locally, and will be able to stay closer to their families. 

Your views are so important and we want to keep you involved and fully up to date with our plans and the development of our services.    

We will keep you regularly updated via  this dedicated web page and Facebook.

We have held an open evening on Wednesday 9 May 2018, where members of the public were able to meet our Clinical and Project Management Team Staff and find out more about our plans to develop our Forensic Low Secure Services, and had an opportunity to see what we proposed the buildings would look like, and to share their views and ask any questions they had.

We are looking to hold another open evening soon, more details will follow. If you would like to receive an email when this event is arranged please contact 

 If you would like to discuss our plans or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us via e-mail at or via telephone on 023 80 874656.


Monday 30 April 2018

Webpage with detail of   plans by Monday 30 April 2018

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Open Evening

May 2018

Hoardings will go up   around Rufus Lodge

November 2018

Patients from Woodhaven   to move to Ravenswood

November 2018

Building work to begin on   Rufus Lodge to become a bespoke new Low Secure Forensic Residential Unit for   people with a learning disability

November 2018

Redesign of Woodhaven to   become a Low Secure Forensic Hospital for young people with specialist mental   health needs

September 2019  (TBC)

Opening of Woodhaven – Low  Secure Forensic Hospital for young people with specialist mental health needs

January 2020 (TBC)

Opening of Low Secure Residential   Unit for people with a learning disability




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