Moorgreen Hospital

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Moorgreen Hospital
Southampton City Primary Care Trust
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Location West End, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Community
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Beds 78
Founded 1848
Lists Hospitals in England

Coordinates: 50°55′41″N 1°19′23″W / 50.928°N 1.323°W / 50.928; -1.323

Moorgreen Hospital was a community hospital in West End, near Southampton. Although within the geographical boundaries of Hampshire Primary Care Trust, the services and administration were primarily delivered by Southampton City Primary Care Trust.


The hospital was built in 1848 at a cost of £7000 as the South Stoneham Union Workhouse to the designs of Charles Henman, implemented by William Hinves.[1] The name was subsequently changed to West End Institution. At one time the workhouse employed 300 paupers to work on 20 acres (8.1 ha) of cultivated land.

In 1920, the South Stoneham Union was renamed Eastleigh. In the 1930s, the workhouse became a Public Assistance Institution known as the West End Institution, and was renamed Moorgreen Hospital when the Ministry of Health took over the site as part of the formation of the NHS in 1948.

In 1977, the UK's second NHS palliative care hospice opened on the site, named Countess Mountbatten House. The hospice was a joint project between the Wessex Regional Health Authority and Macmillan Cancer Relief. Before 1977, all hospital palliative care was provided in acute or community hospitals, and only 20% of patients died at home.

At the time, Countess Mountbatten House was the first to offer an integrated service of beds, community care and support for hospital staff, including education of non-specialist staff and volunteers.


The two buildings on either side of the main Hospital were originally homes for the people who worked on the adjoining land - one was for women and the other for the men.[citation needed]

Intermediate care[edit]

Southampton City Primary Care Trust ran the Tom Rudd Unit at Moorgreen. This was an intermediate care unit consisting of three wards and provides 52 rehabilitation and 26 nurse-led beds. Patients were referred to the unit either on discharge from acute hospitals (usually Southampton General Hospital) or through the community-based care teams, such as the Rapid Response unit.[citation needed]

From 2012, the Tom Rudd Unit housed the Willow Assessment and Treatment Unit, operated by Southern Health. The Willow unit is for adults with a learning disability whose complex needs mean they cannot be treated or assessed in community settings.[2]

Mental Health[edit]

Hampshire Partnership Trust (the predecessor of Southern Health) provided a consultant-led Older People's Mental Health service which consisted of four wards:

  • Willow Ward provided assessment, treatment and respite care for people with Dementia and closed in 2011
  • Linden Ward provided assessment and treatment for older people with functional mental health needs and closed in 2011
  • Allington House West Ward closed in 2005 and provided nursing care for people awaiting discharge from hospital
  • Allington House East Ward closed in 2008 and moved to Berrywood Ward at The Western Community Hospital in Southampton. It provides nursing care for older people who exhibit behaviour that challenges.

The Trust still runs Memory Clinic, Occupational Medicine, Palliative Medicine and general Psychiatry services from Moorgreen.

Palliative care (Countess Mountbatten House)[edit]

University Hospital Southampton provide palliative care for patients with advancing cancer in Countess Mountbatten House, which is on the Moorgreen site. The hospice has 27 beds and a day care centre with physiotherapy facilities, as well as a palliative care research unit.[3]


As of January 2017 the Tom Rudd Unit and Countess Mountbatten House remain operational but the rest of the hospital site is being redeveloped as a major housing project. The main building and two gatehouses, which are all grade II listed, are being retained and converted into 19 flats, while the other former hospital buildings on the site have been demolished and will be replaced by new buildings.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Preston, Richard. "William Hinves and Alfred Bedborough: architects in nineteenth-century Southampton" (PDF). Southampton Local History Forum Journal. Southampton City Council. pp. 15–16. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Willow Assessment and Treatment Unit". Southern Health. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Countess Mountbatten House". Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Residents split over plans for vacant Moorgreen site". Daily Echo. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 

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