What services are provided at Lymington Hospital?

Lymington New Forest Hospital is a large modern community hospital that operates over three floors (see map).

It provides a wide range of diagnostic, outpatient and inpatient services, for the benefit of the local community. The hospital has close links with nearby major hospitals, GP practices, community nursing and other healthcare providers.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust manage the overall hospital and delivers the major part of facilities and staffing, including the Community Diagnostic Centre.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) delivers additional specialist services that enable people to be treated in their local hospital, rather than need to travel to Southampton General Hospital.

The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), run by Partnering Health Ltd (PHL) provides a GP-led minor injuries and illness walk-in service, 365 days per year.

Lymington Hospital Map

This shows the main departments and their location – see below for a description of each department.

Lymington Hospital Wayfinding Map

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Lymington Hospital Directory Key departments A-Z

  • Colour-coded to match Hospital signage
  • Most services are run by Southern Health, unless shown as (UHS) or (PHL).
  • The Patient Reception Desks are shown like this [A]

Blood Tests (UHS)

Blood tests are booked by pre-appointment and carried out by a phlebotomist, nurse or doctor from University Hospital Southampton (UHS). Patients may need to follow specific instructions, such as fasting overnight or stopping medication before their test.

Deerleap Ward

Deerleap is a stroke and general rehabilitation ward, providing multi-disciplinary support for acute monitoring, diagnosis and specialist physiotherapy to focus on patient rehabilitation, discharge and recovery. It works with the Community Stroke Team for home care.

Endoscopy [G]

Endoscopy unit provides a range of day case procedures to investigate symptoms or monitor an ongoing condition. This includes gastroscopy, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. The unit runs separate male and female lists.

Forest Assessment Centre [D]

FAC provides ambulatory day care (referred from GPs, 111 service, UTC, Radiology or other medical providers). Patients are assessed, diagnosed, treated and can go home the same day, unless they need hospital admission via MAU or transfer to an alternative hospital.

Knightwood Ward (UHS)

The Knightwood Theatres (run by UHS) provide day surgery for minor procedures that do not need hospital admission, the majority of patients are ready for discharge and go home that day. They also provide IV drip (intravenous infusion) to day patients for a variety of conditions.

Longbeech Wards 1 & 2

Longbeech 1 is a medical ward for inpatients who need medical care or recovery from critical illness or operations before discharge. Longbeech 2 provides multi-disciplinary rehabilitation by practitioner nurses, therapists and doctors to aid recovery.

Medical Assessment Unit

MAU is a medical assessment and admissions unit that admits inpatients from FAC, ambulatory, critical and related services. It provides continuous monitoring of acute illness, disease or recovery. It has direct access to radiology services.

Medical Day Unit

MDU provides IV drip (intravenous infusion) to day patients for a variety of conditions, the treatment can require a one-off infusion or need a longer course. The unit also carries out medical research studies.

Outpatients [A]

Southern Health Outpatient Reception A is the main check-in for clinics including ENT, gastroenterology, cardiology, podiatry, Parkinson’s, dermatology, neurology, rheumatology and endocrinology. Reception staff also help re-direct patients to UHS Reception F.

Outpatients (UHS) [F]

UHS Outpatient Reception F is for clinics, minor procedures and pre-operative assessment procedures for patients with health conditions, including ophthalmology, audiology, urology, vascular, respiratory, orthopaedics, dermatology and gynaecology.

Perioperative Care (UHS)

UHS Perioperative Care Unit supports patients before, during and immediately after surgery to reduce the risk of complications and help ensure patients get the best outcomes from surgery. Services include Perioperative Anaemia and shared-decision (SDM) clinics.

Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic Choice [C]

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy assesses and treats 16 years+ with exercise plans to promote independence and self-management. It has a full MSK gym for patients and staff. Orthopaedic Choice is a specialist service run by Clinical Specialist Therapists and GP’s.

Radiology X-Ray/Scans

Radiology provides X-ray, MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy and DEXA (bone) scans. It delivers the main services in Lymington’s Community Diagnostic Centre, staffed by radiographers, sonographers, assistants, an admin team and consultant radiologists.

Urgent Treatment Centre

UTC assesses and treats/refers acute presentations with minor injuries and minor illnesses for all ages, open 8am-9pm daily. It provides care for walk-in or referred patients by a GP led team of nurse practitioners, specialist paramedics and health care support workers.

Wilverley Clinics

Wilverley Clinics provide outpatient clinics, including echocardiogram, cardiology and respiratory for Southern Health patients (checked-in at Reception A). It also provides overnight sleep clinics, run by UHS staff.

Wilverley Ward

Wilverley Ward is a medical ward for patients recovering from serious illness, to prepare them for discharge to their own home, into community care or to provide end of life care and support.