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During your treatment

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

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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. 


Just as in other mental health inpatient services, you can still have visitors at Ravenswood. When you arrive we will authorise a few named people who can visit you straight away (you can tell us who you would like these people to be).  We can then look to add others to your ‘visitors list’ as your treatment progresses.

Anyone under 18 years of age can only visit you in our visitor rooms near the reception area (people under 18 are not allowed in the main part of the unit or on the wards). Some of your visits might be supervised by staff; this depends on how unwell you are.


When you first arrive you will probably need to stay on your ward for a few days, where you will also have your meals. This helps us to get to know you quickly, helping us to keep you, our staff, patients and visitors safe.  
After a while you will be able to leave the ward with an escort. As things progress you may be allowed around the unit without an escort. This will depend on your wellbeing. You will be allowed outside into the ward courtyard areas to get fresh air with an escort.  
Leave from the hospital will be dependant on your clinical assessment and will only be granted by the patient's Responsible Clinician

Independent Mental Health Advocates

An IMHA can help you understand information about mental health legislation, understand medical treatment amongst other issues. 

To find out further information click IMHA or read our Patient leaflet

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Related information

Ravenswood House overview

How to find Ravenswood House

Useful websites

Rethink (recovery)

Rethink (Mental Health Act)

Rethink: Information for carers 

Rethink: Caring for Yourself - A guide for carers

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