Nelson House is a 30-bedded locked rehabilitation and recovery service for males presenting with mental illnesses and complex needs, that are often accompanied by challenging behaviours.
Our beds are split over three wards:
- Victory – new 12-bedded mental health, rehabilitation service
- Trafalgar – 14-bedded mental health, rehabilitation service
- Mary Rose – 4-bedded pre-discharge, mental health step-down service
Our services focus 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.
Mary 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.
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 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 and to develop and value their daily routine and organisational skills through self-directed activity.
We also encourage patients 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.
Focus on Safety
Our absolute priority is to make sure we operate safe and effective services 24/7 and that all staff understand what is required of them to make that happen. Click here to read more.
Nelson House 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 rooms
- Comfortable lounge spaces
- Snack-making facilities
The ward offers its own living room, dining space and private courtyard. It also 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.
Learning Disability and Autism Programme (LDAP)
As a specialist rehabilitation and recovery service, Priory Avalon also supports the LDAP Agenda. To learn more, please click here to read our full Learning Disability and Autism Programme (LDAP) guide.
Enquiries and Referrals
For further information on Priory services offered to the NHS, or to make a referral, please call our dedicated 24/7 customer service centre on 0800 090 1356. Alternatively, click here to submit an enquiry form
Priory is ready to take emergency placements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for adult acute mental health, adult eating disorders, CAMHS and PICU. To make a referral please call us on