(Updated 05/11/2021)

NHS Community Unit

On Monday 30th March 2020, the Community Unit at St Mary’s Hospital, moved to a new off-site location.

The unit has moved to Solent Grange Nursing Home; increasing the bed capacity at St Mary’s Hospital.

The Community Unit beds at Solent Grange will form part of a wider ‘Community Bed model’ that is currently under rapid development. Please expect further updates as our plans progress.

If you are a staff member or service affected by this move and we haven’t already contacted you, then please get in touch with us so that we can provide further information and support.

Visiting at discretion of Ward Manager, please contact the ward to discuss visiting arrangements. If you have questions about this guidance, please contact: The Patient Experience Team on 01983 534420 or via email iownt.PatientExperience@nhs.net


The unit, based on the site of the former Compton Ward at St Mary’s Hospital, cares for people who need nursing support and a period of rest and convalescence before they can return home.

The NHS team will work alongside an Activities Coordinator and Living Well support from Age UK.

People will be discharged from hospital and referred to the Community Unit, which is being run as a standalone unit supporting people who are medically fit to leave hospital but who may be waiting for social care support or who may need nursing care as they continue their recovery before going home.

Isle of Wight NHS Trust also plans to invest in additional IT support for the Community Unit which will help monitor peoples activity levels in hospital and at home to support them with their confidence and independence.

The Isle of Wight Health and Care Plan, published in September 2019, highlighted the need to invest in community services as a key priority for the Island’s health service.

In autumn 2019 the Local Care Board, which brings together the NHS, social care, primary care and the community and voluntary sectors, agreed to invest in strengthening community services.

This is one of the investments designed to enhance support to people in their own homes as part of their recovery after a stay in hospital.

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