St Martha's Hospital

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St Martha’s Hospital for Older Men and Women offers exceptional nurturing care and support within an In-patient High Support Service.

Our compassionate staff and our gorgeous setting in 40 acres of woodland make this a very special place.

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Situated in peaceful grounds on the outskirts of Ringwood in the New Forest, St Martha’s has beautiful outdoor space, bright rooms, joyful décor and a host of stimulating activities.

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Life at St Martha’s Hospital

We provide all our patients with specialist assessments, care, support and treatment delivered by skilled and qualified members of multidisciplinary care teams (MDTs). Depending on your need we offer a range of activities from Tai Chi to farmyard pet therapy. Where appropriate we also use specialist equipment such as Reubens dolls, aromatherapy and other sensory equipment.

Your care at St Martha’s Hospital

Your Care at St Martha’s Hospital

As a patient at St Martha’s you need and benefit from care delivered in a structured and controlled therapeutic environment, based on your individual requirement for conditions of security while upholding the principle of the least restrictive hospital setting available.

We have a number of different care environments within the grounds, and our clinical teams will provide you with a clear and identifiable pathway towards discharge.

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Your Team

A friendly team is ready to welcome you to St Martha’s, from consultant psychiatrics to mental health nurses, speech therapists to arts and drama therapists. As one of them says:

Everyone is incredibly caring and professional. It is brilliant to see the bonds built between staff and our patients and residents, and it is such a welcoming community to join.

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Our Men & Women’s Wards at St Martha’s Hospital

Wards at St Martha’s Hospital

Rose Ward

In-patient High Support for women

Iris Ward

In-patient dual use ward

Shamrock Ward

In-patient High Support for older men

St Martha’s Hospital Care Quality

Care at St Martha’s is superb because our highly skilled staff are passionate about improving your quality of life, and our expert team are at the forefront of dynamic thinking in mental health care.

Staff treated patients with compassion and kindness, respected their privacy and dignity, and understood the individual needs of patients. They actively involved families and carers in care decisions and patients where possible.

Care Quality Commission report

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There’s a lot going on at the St Magnus Community. Whether you’re a patient, a resident, a carer or a friend, one of our Haslemere or Ringwood neighbours or a prospective member of our brilliant team, find out about our seasonal celebrations, special events and creative activities. You can also dip into our regular newsletters and read Q&As with our staff.

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Exceptional staff training, retention and leadership at St Martha’s

At every level and in every role, St Martha’s staff are highly regarded throughout the region because they are so well trained and disciplined. And we have fantastic retention. “From the ward to the Board” there is outstanding communication with detailed supervision so staff know what is expected and have the opportunity for professional and personal growth.

Steph McClean


St Magnus Community

What were you doing before you came to the St Magnus Community?
My first degree was in Music and Drama and I trained as an opera singer at the Royal Academy of Music. I then trained in therapy and took a Masters degree in Dramatherapy, combining my experience in mental health and skills in creative arts. I’ve worked in NHS mental health services, in a community drug and alcohol service, in a unit for people with learning disabilities, with a London secondary school and at a hospice. My career has been very varied!

What do you enjoy about your work here?
I’ve been working at both St Magnus and St Martha’s since 2019. As a dramatherapist I’m a specially trained psychotherapist offering people a creative way of expressing themselves. I work with their thoughts and feelings to deal with what may have happened or be happening in their life. They may have communication challenges, have experienced trauma or have a high level of emotional need. I facilitate Schwartz Rounds that offer staff the space to think, connect, support and value themselves and their colleagues, and I’ve facilitated carers groups. I work closely with our teams to provide continuity of care for every patient and I tailor every session to the individual. I like that no day is ever the same.

What makes the St Magnus Community different?
The teams I work with. I value the input I get from all the professionals I work with who are very supportive of me, particularly my manager and the clinicians I work closely with. I feel very fortunate to work with such great colleagues who are always willing to work collaboratively and go above and beyond for our patients. I’ve also learnt so much more about the nature of dementia and how it can affect people both physically and mentally. Much of this learning has come from our fantastic nursing teams who have wide experience of patients who have complex needs and require specialist care. I can help all our patients work through challenges to make real and lasting changes, seeing themselves as a whole person and not just as a patient, an offender or someone with a diagnosis.

How do you relax when you’re not at work?
Swimming, particularly wild swimming all year round.

Laura Davey

Teaching Assistant

St Magnus and St Martha’s

What were you doing before you came to the St Magnus Community?
I worked in retail for 25 years, the last 15 in management. I delivered training for Boots Opticians and was also a charity coordinator, where a highlight was the launch of a children’s book called Zookeeper Zoe. It contained vision checks throughout and I was lucky enough to attend a gala evening with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (author and illustrator of The Gruffalo), who drew and signed a picture for my granddaughter!

What do you enjoy about your work here?
I’ve worked for the St Magnus Community for two years and I am hugely proud of the achievements and advancements I have made. I have achieved my NAPPI training (to positively support people in distress), my Level 2 Diploma and I am working towards my Level 3. I’ve also completed Train the Trainer courses for security, NAPPI and first aid. I found the psychological modules of NAPPI training very powerful, particularly how the Positive Behaviour Scale can be used to prevent distress.

What makes the St Magnus Community different?
The sense of achievement we get from patient-oriented care. Also, I have a sense of autonomy although I am working within guidelines. Many other things make the St Magnus Community different to other places I’ve worked, including the level of education available to all staff and seeing higher management actively involved on the wards.

Shiona Balfour

Senior Consultant Occupational Therapist

St Martha’s

What were you doing before you came to St Martha’s?
I was the manager of the NHS Community Therapy Team for Bournemouth and Poole. So I’ve made the switch from working in physical rehabilitation to a mental health setting. I joined St Martha’s in 2022.

What do you enjoy about your work here?
My role is engaging our patients in activities of daily living to improve their quality of life, sense of achievement, safety and wellbeing. In a typical week I might assess a patient’s ability to cook a nutritious meal; support a group of patients to plant kale and spinach seeds to feed our resident guinea pigs; clean out the guinea pigs!; make a referral to wheelchair services for one of our patients; accompany a patient to attend a local church; write a moving-and-handling care plan; provide supervision to new members of staff; attend the weekly Tai Chi session and liaise with my colleagues in social work. I love the variety.

What makes St Martha’s different?
I’m left in peace to get on with my job! I like my colleagues and our patients, and the fact that I’m able to get involved in additional duties, such as assisting with organising “April Falls Week” this year. It’s stimulating and rewarding.

How do you relax when you’re not at work?
I work on my allotment, row, make home-made wine and spend time with my family.