Priory Hospital Nelson House

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About this location

Located in Gosport, Hampshire, Priory Hospital Nelson House is a high dependency rehabilitation unit. We can support 25 males presenting with mental health conditions and complex needs, who may also have behaviours that challenge and substance misuse issues. We also provide community-focused rehabilitation services within a full care pathway.

Services at a glance

Rehabilitation and recovery (R&R)

25 beds, male, 18+

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Priory Nelson House 14 Rowner Road Gosport Hampshire PO13 0EW

We take the safety and experience of our patients and residents extremely seriously. We have an action plan in place that is well progressed and we are monitoring for the embedding of those actions

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Our comprehensive rehabilitation services provide support for people with complex mental health needs. We align our services with the recommendations of the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCPMH), ensuring our patients are given the highest quality care to enable an appropriate transition back home or into community services, wherever possible.

Ward break down

  • Trafalgar – 14-bedded ward for new admission males
  • Victory – 11-bedded discharge ward for males moving into community-facing rehabilitation

Conditions treated

We are able to support people with:

  • Severe and enduring mental health needs
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual offending
  • Substance misuse

We can also support people with the following challenges alongside their primary diagnosis:

  • Mild autism
  • A mild learning disability
  • Anxiety

We are able to support informal patients or those detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA). We also provide excellent physical healthcare on-site.

Treatment approaches

At Nelson House, we offer an individualised, person-centred approach for all of our patients.

Our staff support people who have behaviours that challenge by helping them to learn and develop new skills that positively impact on their responses to anxiety and distress. Our aim is to help to prevent any future relapse. Our weekly sessions for substance misuse are supported by external facilitators.

Our assessment and treatment options are overseen by a full and diverse multidisciplinary team (MDT).

We offer:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Occupational therapy (OT)
  • Mindfulness

People within our service tend to stay with us on a medium-term basis, usually between 6 to 18 months on average.

Our team

Our team consists of:

  • Ward managers
  • Registered mental health nurses
  • Healthcare assistants
  • Occupational therapist (OT)
  • OT assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Psychology assistant
  • Recovery support workers
  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Deputy ward manager
  • Physical health nurse
  • Gym instructor

We also provide specialist staff training, including training in autism support.

Therapeutic and community-based activities

We offer a range of therapeutic and community-based activities as part of a full treatment programme. We want to support people to become more confident and independent, preparing them to move through their treatment pathway towards community living.

Our therapeutic and community-based activities include:

  • Exercise
  • Walks
  • Men’s health group
  • Current affairs group
  • Football
  • Darts
  • Pool
  • Card games
  • Bingo
  • Arts and crafts
  • Baking
  • Smoothie making
  • Relaxation/meditation
  • Trips out to local activities/shops

Our facilities and environment

We believe that the environment in which treatment takes place is just as important as the treatment itself, when it comes to supporting our patients. We provide:


Kitchen and dining room
Games room
Music room
Art room
Gym facilities


Our garden offers secure fencing (surrounding the enclosed gardens), a lawn area, patio area with furniture and planting areas. We also have specialised equipment within the hospital, such as bean bags and height adjustable baths, for people to use.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are single-occupancy and have an en-suite bathroom. Patients are encouraged to personalise their bedrooms while they are staying with us. We provide:


Anti-ligature furniture
Windows with a view
Some rooms that are wheelchair-accessible with wet rooms


TVs are not provided, but patients can bring a TV with them if they wish.

Exclusion profile

People under the age of 18.


Priory’s network of high-quality facilities enables us to offer joined-up care pathways with our dedicated residential services. We offer programmes which integrate healthcare treatment and therapy, which are tailored according to individual needs, in an appropriate setting. Our strength is that we can provide a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency services.

Victory Ward supports people who are ready for greater independence. We help them to put their living skills into practice before they are discharged into a community setting. The closest Priory Adult Care service to Nelson House is Brooke House, who specialise in supporting people with a learning disability. The closest mental health service is Yew Tree Lodge in Reading. We can support transitions where appropriate.

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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Inside Priory Nelson House

About the local area


Priory Hospital Nelson House is located close to a number of amenities, including:

  • Local park
  • Cinema
  • Shops and cafés
  • College
  • Library
  • Gosport town centre (2.5 miles away)
  • Fareham town centre (2 miles away)
  • Swimming pool within walking distance
  • Hotel within walking distance
  • GP surgery opposite the hospital
  • Pharmacy opposite the hospital
  • Beach (4 miles away)
  • Country park (3 miles away)
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (via the Gosport Ferry, 2.5 miles away)

Transport links

It also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A bus stop outside the hospital, with excellent links between Gosport and Fareham
  • Gosport Ferry to Portsmouth (2.5 miles)
  • Train station in Fareham (2 miles)
  • Portsmouth train station
  • Located 5 miles away from the M27

Read our case studies

Read about Craig's journey

Michael's story

A message from our site leader

Nelson House is located in a wonderful part of the county of Hampshire. It is surrounded by so much history, with Portsmouth located a small hop away on the ferry that runs very regularly from Gosport. Our staff are warm and welcoming, offering a very diverse set of skills, with OT and psychology at the heart of our R&R programme. We are fortunate to have, as medical director, Priory’s clinical director for the R&R service, leading our team of clinical staff, ensuring that standards of care are high and that the patient is at the centre of all that we do

Priory Hospital Nelson House’s site leader

Comments from our patients and their family and friends

My stay at Nelson House has been relatively enjoyable; you are treated as an adult here
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A good place to get yourself together, good food, staff are good and the place is clean
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Information for family and friends

How do home visits work?

We help patients to arrange home visits and attendance at important family events, where it is safe and feasible to do so.

What is your visitation policy?

We are flexible with visiting times. However, we do ask that relatives pre-book their visits by calling the hospital, to ensure visits don’t clash with any planned treatment or key therapies. We provide on-site baby changing facilities for visitors.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with my loved one’s care and wellbeing?

Yes, we make every effort to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care, as long as the people staying with us have given their consent.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

People staying with us are allowed to use their own mobile phone or there is a cordless phone on the ward that people can use whenever they want.

What type of things are families expected to provide, and what is provided by the home?

Patients are expected to provide their own toiletries and clothing. All bedding is provided and every room has bedroom furniture, although please note, there is limited space for storage.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished, and patients are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes, in conjunction with risk assessments. However, some of the furniture has been purchased to suit the needs of the service specification and some of it is fitted, and therefore cannot be removed.

Are external doors kept locked?

All of our external doors are locked. However, every person staying with us will be individually assessed for any risks to see what security is needed. People staying on Victory Ward or any informal patients are able to sign out a key from a staff member.

What do service users eat and how do meal times work?

All meals are provided on-site, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and an evening snack. Served on the wards, breakfast is available any time in the morning. In the dining room, lunch is served between 12pm and 1pm and dinner is served between 5pm and 6pm. Evening snacks are after 6pm.

How does laundry work?

There is an on-site laundry facility which people can use, with as much support as they require. We provide the washing detergent. Our laundry room is a locked room that can be opened on request during waking hours. All bedding and towels are taken off-site and washed by an external contractor.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

At the point of assessment, the patient will be given a list of banned and restricted items. The family/carers of the patient receive this list via a letter the day after admission. Due to limited storage, only small items of value can be stored in the hospital safe.

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on-site at Priory Hospital Nelson House.

How do activities work?

We have an activities/therapy programme and individualised programmes for everyone staying with us, based on their initial assessments when they arrive. Referrals to therapies are made during ward rounds.

Do service users and families have an input into the service user’s care plans?

Within the parameters of legal frameworks, we encourage all patients to involve relatives and carers in their care planning.

What are the car parking facilities?

We have free car parking on-site. There is a nearby overflow car park when the main car park gets full, which is clearly signposted.

What is the smoking policy? Can service users buy cigarettes?

Priory Hospital Nelson House is a smoke-free hospital with and people are unable to purchase cigarettes on-site. Patients may smoke when they are out on unescorted community leave. Patients are allowed to vape in designated areas of the hospital.

How is treatment accessed and funded?

We don’t take referrals directly from individuals and families. Instead, the first step will be for you to reach out to the person’s GP so that they can be referred and funded through the correct NHS channel. Depending on the type of support needed, this could include local authority funding, NHS funding, joint funding between the local authority and NHS, or direct payments. Please note, referrals for NHS or local authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.


Michael's story

How to make a referral

Our customer service centre provides 24/7 support for NHS mental health enquiries and referrals. Our customer referral co-ordinators can support you from your first call right through to the enquiry conclusion, providing updates throughout the process. We offer 24/7 crisis referrals, fast access to bed availability and placements, and a single access point for end-to-end enquiry management.

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