Nelson House

14 Rowner Road Gosport Hampshire PO13 0EW

Tel.02392 513 882


Nelson House

Nelson House is a 32-bedded locked rehabilitation recovery service for men presenting with mental illnesses and complex needs, that are often accompanied by challenging behaviours.

Our beds are split over three wards:

  • Trafalgar - 14-bedded male ward
  • Victory - 14-bedded male ward
  • Marie Rose - 4-bedded pre-discharge pathway ward

Our approach

The unit focuses on developing patients' skills for independence and helping them to learn new ways of managing their condition and symptoms with the aim of helping to prevent any future relapse. We work with patients who have challenging behaviours by helping them to learn and develop new skills that positively impact on their responses to anxiety and distress.

Patients have access to a full programme of on-site activities. There are also established links with local colleges to provide education and vocational opportunities with a focus on maximising rehabilitation potential and meaningful leave.

Structured multidisciplinary team (MDT) therapy sessions are held every day, offering group work and daily living skills. Patients are encouraged and assisted to make their own meals, where appropriate, in the purpose-built self-catering kitchen. Patients are encouraged to develop and value their daily routine and organisational skills through self-directed activity.

Patients are encouraged to be actively involved in hospital developments by attending regular community meetings and taking part in patient involvement projects such as environmental work which enhance and empower the overall patient experience.

The therapy programme offers a 12-week timetable which includes in-house psychology, psychotherapy, art therapy and sand therapy.

Our team

Nelson House has a full MDT which includes:

  • A full-time consultant psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Two occupational therapists
  • Nursing teams

Our Services

Services offered

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

The following criteria details who will benefit from active rehabilitation at Nelson House:

  • Men aged 18 years and over
  • Have a primary mental health diagnosis
  • Informal or detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Severe, complex and enduring mental health issues which might include treatment-resistant conditions
  • May have challenging behaviour, substance misuse and borderline learning disability
  • May be difficult to engage / motivate
  • May have a history of disengagement and non-adherence with other services

We accept referrals from medium and low secure forensic services, acute wards, out-of-area services, rehabilitation services or from within the community.

More Info

The unit has recently been renovated with the ground floor area now providing a specific space for therapy sessions (including one-to-one), a large recovery lounge and an occupational therapy kitchen.

The two main wards, Trafalgar and Victory, are on the first and second floor of the building and offer high standard en-suite facilities, modern and light therapy and lounge spaces, and snack-making facilities. Both wards have individual nursing teams made up of registered mental health nurses (RMNs) and recovery support workers.

Marie Rose ward provides a step-down pathway for patients who are ready for greater independence and to put their living skills into practice before they are discharged into a community setting. The ward offers its own kitchen, living room, dining space and private courtyard.

The unit has a large modern self-catering kitchen in which patients at all stages are encouraged and assisted to make their own meals as much as possible.

Location Details