Dawn, who has been in charge of Bereavement Services at QA Hospital since 2002, knows that she and her staff meet families at their most vulnerable and when their feelings of grief are at their highest.
The exec team muscled in with the B-Level restaurant kitchen staff yesterday, handing out Christmas lunches to the staff.
#ThrowbackThursday We have been looking back through our staff magazine archives and found these great pictures of when Portsmouth Football Club visited QA Hospital.
Volunteers enjoyed a Christmas coffee morning, to say thank you for all that they do for the Trust.
If you would like to speak to someone about a chest or abdominal x-ray, which was taken in the Emergency Department during 2016 or 2107, then please do continue to call us on the number 0800 7837118 and you will be redirected to one of our team who will be able to answer your query.
Please note that the Freephone helpline has now closed.
Portsmouth High School visited the hospital to sing Christmas carols
Today, a few members of the Groundlings Theatre Company cast of Aladdin came into QA Hospital’s Paediatrics Department.
For anyone concerned that they may be affected following our recent CQC radiology report, we have set up a freephone helpline – 08007837118.
Here is our response to the CQC inspection report: Radiology and details of a Freephone helpline number
Last week, the first National Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Forum for nurses took place at Oxford Kidney Unit.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust took a delivery of a temporary mobile CT scanner. This additional CT scanner has been brought on site to support the expected increase in demand for CT scans during the winter period.
Today, Starlight Children's Foundation performed 'Cinderella' to our young patients in Starfish ward.
Congratulations to our renal research team for reaching their recruitment target of 58 patients for the Don’t Itch Trial.
It is 40 years since Julie started her career here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust as a keen and dedicated student nurse in 1977.
Congratulations to Simon Johnston for his 40 years of service, which has been acknowledged at the hospital’s Best People’s Awards
Haven’t had your flu jab yet? Then keep a look out for workplace vaccinator, Melanie, on the maternity wards.
People with diabetes are being urged to have the flu vaccine to reduce their risk of developing serious complications arising from flu infections. Complications can include pneumonia, inflammation of the heart, brain and muscle tissues and even multi-organ failure.
Chloe Smith, a staff nurse, is one of the workplace flu vaccinators on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
We are appealing to all of our keen knitters around the Portsmouth area to get their knitting supplies ready for our Christmas Stocking Appeal.
Working for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust for 21 years, Karen Oakley a Clinical Nurse Specialist, is now moving onto her next adventure.
QA Hospital Patient William Marshall celebrated his 100th birthday today!
Congratulations to Claire Butcher and the Women and Children’s Administration Team of Jane Hartley, Karen Mattock, Karen Fox and Jacqueline Molyneaux who have been nominated as ‘Best Support’ at this year’s Best People’s Awards for their contribution to the smooth running of both the Gynaecology and Children’s wards.
The Occupational Therapy Service are pleased that two of our Occupational Therapy Assistants have been accepted for funding for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care on the Allied Health pathway through Southampton Solent University!
Danielle joined the Support Services Team in Pathology in September 2016 as a Business Administration apprentice at the age of 16, straight from school, but has since become a valued member of the team, leading to Support Services offering her a substantive Band 2 position.
Angela Markwick from Southsea was busy doing the mum thing of running around ready for a Saturday afternoon trip to the woods, when she suddenly noticed that her 23-month-old son Arlo had something in his mouth.
Bill and his wife Janice had both been feeling unwell. He had the flu; Janice had headaches and didn’t quite feel like herself. That Thursday Bill and Janice went to bed convinced they were both suffering from the same ailment.
Christmas is just around the corner and we know that for some of our older patients staying in hospital over the festive period they may not have any close family or friends visiting them, and may not receive any presents on Christmas day.
The “Happy to Chat” volunteer team has been developed to help family carers who look after a relative or friend, who without that support would not be able to cope at home.
Joining the Trust from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2014, Fari was tasked with setting up the Clinical Librarian Service.
This month is ‘Movember’ and 15 of our colleagues from the critical care unit have put a slight twist on the annual event this year.
QA Hospital fell silent as our staff, DMGS colleagues, patients and visitors paid their respects to those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom and future.
Theresa Murphy has been appointed Chief Nurse of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. She has an impressive career, first qualifying in general nursing in 1987 then specialising in several areas including Renal, Cardiac, Neuroscience and Critical Care nursing.
The mutual relationship between the Ministry of Defence, in the form of Defence Medical Group (South) and the hospital Trust remains as important as ever.
Last week 14 staff members from across Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust attended a Makaton training session which was held in the Carillion meeting room.
The team of unsung heroes– or more commonly known as the ‘Blood Runners,’ work over seven days a week at no cost to the NHS, covering over 102,530 miles across Hampshire, South Wiltshire and Dorset last year alone.
A new method for early mortality prediction in intensive care units (ICUs) has been published today by a team from the University of Portsmouth and Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Sharon has been with the Trust for 18 months and she always thought that the issue of fall prevention was so important that it should have a week of its own to be highlighted and promoted. Not one to sit back, she did just that.
For National Pathology Week, a Bake-Off was hosted in the Pathology Centre this morning.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed two respected leaders in the Dementia Carer Voices Campaign to present two informative sessions to over 100 QA Hospital Staff at the Oasis Centre on Friday 3rd November.
A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Atrium of QA Hospital on Friday 10 November between 10.50am and approximately 11.15am to recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.
Promoting self well-being to all of our staff on National Stress Awareness Day today was Kelly Merriman, Mental Health Nurse.
Nominate your NHS unsung hero!
In 2016, QA Hospital treated 749 patients with hip fracture and was ranked top in terms of numbers of patients receiving Best Practice Tariff and was the only hospital to achieve top quartile in all rated assessments.
Charlie and his family started their charity, Kicking Cancer for Charlie, after he was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2014. After just one year the charity has raised £20,000, donating all of its proceeds to the ‘Cancer and Leukemia Group’ who research children’s cancer.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is one of four Trusts in the country to roll out digital appointment letters which allows patients to receive and respond to their appointment letters digitally using their smartphones.
When Kate Riggs fell pregnant after five years of trying she couldn’t believe her luck, but two babies later and both children were diagnosed with a rare growth condition that would dramatically change the family’s life.
Portsmouth MP, Penny Mordaunt, joined staff from Portsmouth Hospitals at Westminster on Thursday 26 October to celebrate the care provided by Portsmouth and SE Hants Trauma and Orthopaedic service.
Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive, awarded a Merlin Pass to a very excited Lucy Brazier this afternoon following the competition she won on the open day!
14 patients, their partners and staff from the Department of Rheumatology are about to complete their six week ballroom class next week.
Kerry was nominated by Sarah Shore, Associate Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children at the NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Memory Lane room, which is located in a Medicine for Older People Ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, has been re-launched and officially opened with its first official visitor being Professor Brian Dolan.
The advice follows the launch of the NHS England and Public Health England national ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign to encourage the flu vaccination and a healthy lifestyle throughout the winter months.
Did you know that this month is National Cholesterol Month, when the entire month is devoted to raising awareness of the dangers of high Cholesterol?
Brian Kidd, BBC Solent Gardener, came to Queen Alexandra Hospital this morning to judge the Annual League of Friends Art Competition.
The Department of Rheumatology Staff hosted over 15 tables of children’s games and crafts at Centre Parc’s Longleat on Sunday, whilst parents living with arthritis and connective tissues attended a number of short presentations aimed at providing help and advice for coping strategies after diagnosis or arthritis and connective tissue diseases, heating healthily and staying active.
Layla Mohamed has achieved her dream of working in the medical industry, in a role that she says is rewarding and enjoyable.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust receives many awards and accolades for the services it provides. We would like to congratulate the below members of staff that have been selected as finalists for the 2017 ‘Best People Awards’.
Diane Urquhart the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children chosen to be QA Hospital’s champion with NHS digital
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For #feedbackfriday we received a wonderful letter from a patient
Melloney Poole OBE has been appointed as Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s new Chair.
I was referred to Professor Bhandair at your Endoscopy Unit. I have nothing but praise for the Professor and his team.
A comic book created by diabetes experts in Southampton and Portsmouth to help young patients' understanding of their diabetes diagnosis has been recognised nationally for its success.
Aged eight Sian Light’s sister Lauren was diagnosed with Leukaemia – fast-forward 20 years and Sian’s three-year old daughter, Lena-Lou, was diagnosed with the same form of leukaemia – but they were offered a life-line in the form of a certain Play Specialist, Tracey Morgan.
Portsmouth Hospitals has been revalidated as a Venous Thromboembolism
Exemplar Centre by NHS England after submitting a portfolio of evidence to a panel of experts.
Please see the body of the article for information on the open day tours.
Stian and Nikki are taking annual leave from their days jobs and will be volunteering as part of the Medics Bergen team; an NGO (non-governmental organisation) which has already sent out over 100 healthcare professionals to several parts of the world. They fly out to Lesbos on 20 October.
QA Hospital’s first Public Constituency meeting on 19 October in Bedhampton.
Calling all registered nurses!
Join us for our first ever Stroke Improvement event.
Mum recounts her experiences with her son's great care at QA Hospital
This week we are celebrating 'The Power of Play'
From a young age, Jenny Kynes knew she would follow in the footsteps of her auntie in becoming a nurse. Still she finds it amazing that she has spent a dedicated 40 years with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
Matthew Spencer, October 2017 Employee of the Month.
Join us in the Oasis Centre for our first ever Inflammatory Bowel Disease Open Day!
Our patients went back to school in the Memory Lane room.
Check out how much the wards and departments raised for Macmillan last week!
Mr Prodromos Laftsidis remembers the first time he realised that he wanted to work in the field of transplantation
Emma and Lisa control the human patient simulators!
We are pleased to say that Queen Alexandra Hospital's restaurants no longer take charges for card payments.
The Voluntary Services Team at QA have been awarded a special commendation at the Excellence in Voluntary Services Awards – National Association of Voluntary Services Management 2017
At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust our staff take pride in all they do and are passionate to work to at one of the largest, most modern hospitals in the region.
Come to our Open Day and help us raise money for an interactive floor!
This year’s hospital open day will be taking place on Saturday 14 October between 10am and 3pm. As well as free parking, the day will offer activities, informative stalls; behind-the-scenes department tours, and the opportunity to contribute towards the hospital’s mission of raising £8,500 for an interactive children’s floor for the Paediatric Emergency Department.
The Wellbeing service support people with giving up smoking
“In my job you need persistence. It helps tremendously that I have a clinical background and can relate to what clinicians need."
Thank you to Wave 105 who donated £3,800 towards the funding for our educational 'Interactive' Floor.
This week we would like to wish a very warm welcome to our two new Nurses!
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has released a Quality Improvement Plan, that has two phases. Phase 1 looks at improvements needed to meet the CQC requirements by 31 October and Phase 2 will provide a more detailed plan looking at long term changes and improvements to patient care and services.
The members of the Shared Governance Board are innovators and prime examples of how the staff at QA Hospital endeavour to put patient care at the forefront of all they do!
Ten QA Hospital Band 5 Registered Nurses are nearing completion of their ‘Inspiring the Aspiring Leader’ Course run by Medicine CSC.
Do you know what there is to know about spotting Leukaemia?
Hannah Docherty is one of QA Hospital’s Innovators and will be speaking on Fab Change Day Monday 25 September
I came in QA Hospital on a Friday thinking that I would leave in a couple of hours. I wound up being there for six weeks...
A ‘We love QA’ campaign has been launched by The News, Portsmouth, to celebrate the exceptional work of our staff.
Mr Nick Carter is a Specialist Laparoscopic Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon and he thinks every day at QA Hospital is amazing!
International nurses from the EU and Philippines have joined the Trust
Join us for our next Day to Day Living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases Conference.
Do you have any questions about your local hospital?
According to Lao Tzu, “the journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” In the case of Nicole, aged 52, her journey started with a night relaxing on the couch with her late husband.
Ward C7 has given us some insight of what they do on the Cardiac High Care Unit
Today is World Sepsis Day! Seek all the information you need at the sepsis stand in the atrium
Last week, the CT and MRI department at Queen Alexandra Hospital undertook a new and exciting way of offering training to its staff.
Phase one of our Quality Improvement Plan is now available to view.
Sarah is a transplant nurse specialist here at Queen Alexandra Hospital - passionate about delivering the best patient care.
Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital is very busy.Make sure you're receiving the appropriate treatment for minor injuries.
Monday 25th September, 10-3pm, Lecture Theatre Education Centre
FREE open day at Queen Alexandra Hospital!
A duo of cancer clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust have been adopted by Macmillan Cancer Support.
Keith Graetz’s week starts at 6am on a Monday. Fast-forward to the end of the week, and Keith has worked at least a 50-hour rota as a renal surgeon in one of the country’s busiest district general hospitals.
When our international nurses arrive from overseas, it is our Learning & Development team who support them.
On June 20th of this year Gary gave his 28 year-old son Geoff his kidney after finding out that Geoff, his son from his first marriage, had kidney failure.
The Tissue Viability Team here at Queen Alexandra Hospital are delighted to welcome a new member to their team.
Fareham, Gosport and Southern Eastern Hampshire invite you to their Annual General Meetings
You can now receive your appointment letter straight to your mobile phone! A Patient Portal stand, in the atrium today, is promoting this new hospital feature.
Thank you from a former QA Hospital patient
Two new pods systems have been installed in the emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Meet Kaushik Guha QA Hospital's newest Consultant Cardiologist
A Type 1 diabetes event will be held on Saturday 30th September, 9am – 1pm, in QA’s Education Centre.
Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust invites all members of the public to attend the Trust's Annual General Meeting to hear more about our work and our future plans.
QA Hospital’s own Mr Nick Carter, Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon, filming and submitting a live surgery as part of the 22nd World Congress for IFSO
Smyths Toys Superstores have kindly donated £8000 to Ickle Pickles Hampshire
Ben says he owes his wife's life to the quality of care she received at QA Hospital.
Meet Terry, an amazing Senior IV Practitioner for Infection Prevention
Meet Layla, one of our great Clinical Audiologists
QA teenager raises £4,500 for the children’s wards
Meet Claire, a member of the Pathology team.
We are therefore asking local people to consider more appropriate places to seek treatment for minor injuries, such as visiting one of the local minor injury units such as St Mary’s in Portsmouth or calling 111 for medical and nursing advice.
Meet Denise Foord, one of our excellent orthopaedics.
Meet Natalie, one of our very successful Renal Consultants.
Harbour School in QA Hospital has helped our young patients take their GCSE test whilst they were in hospital
The Care Quality Commission today published their report into emergency, urgent and medical services at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive said: “The report makes for difficult reading and we have fallen short in some key areas; but I am confident that we can and will do better. In the four weeks since I have been here, I am convinced that we have the skills, dedication and ambition to address all the issues raised by the CQC and ensure we give the best possible care we can to every patient.
The memory box sessions provide free reminiscence periods where most of our frail patients within our Older People wards
Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital is currently very busy - please choose well when seeking treatment for minor injuries.
There is a free space available for the abseil this Saturday.
Super-organised enthusiastic volunteer event organisers!
Congratulations to Laura Wood who successfully completed a two year Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has scored above the national average in five categories in the 2017 Patient-Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) system survey
Michaela credits the QA Hospital's Infection Prevention team with saving her life.
The new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to arrive in Portsmouth tomorrow, Wednesday 16 August, at 07.10am
A survey has been created looking at ways to improve maternity services for both mother and family
Bowel Cancer Team celebrates graduations!
Hello and welcome to my first Blog as Chief Executive.
I will update this Blog every fortnight and I welcome your feedback on the content
A tea party was held at the Rowans Hospice last week, celebrating the achievement of some of their nurses.
The new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to arrive in Portsmouth between 17 and 22 August.
Anna Velie is top of her class!
Connor Hammon is one of the medical laboratory assistants here at QA's busy pathology lab.
Volunteer Sally Sines is to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in the hope to raise important funds for the hopsital.
Josh Tonks, Duty Hospital Manager, has been at QA Hospital for one year. Read more about Josh and his role.
Congratulations to Theresa, Kerry, Christina and Lisa who are celebrating some recent success
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has elected Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust’s Professor Peter Brennan, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, to be an Honorary Fellow.
Shirley Weeks, Barry Oliver, and Darren Bonson pass the Technical Certificate national exam given by the Institute Decontamination Sciences
Meet Lewis, one of the enthusiastic leisure assistants who joined the team in September last year.
Former Hepatitis C patient Chris Payne speaks about his new life.
Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive, started in his new role this week and has published his 100 day plan.
QA's sewing room team have donated an amazing £500 to the Elizabeth Foundation.
Portsmouth Hospitals welcomes Royal College of Midwives for the formal signing of the Caring For You Charter
Praise for QA Hospital staff from grateful patient.
Anne Taylor QA Hospital’s Adult Safeguarding Lead Nurse retires after 28 years in the Trust.
In the UK “Hep C” affects thousands of people. For World Hepatitis Day we want you to know that it is treatable and mostly curable.
QA patient, Nicole Mackenzie, is heading to North Lanarkshire today for the British Transplant Games 2017.
Dr John Knighton appointed Medical Director of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
Meet British Transplant Games participant Rob Jolliffe
Our Emergency Department here at QA is very busy today - please consider alternatives when seeking medical treatment.
Meet Karen and Kirsty--Two of QA Hospital's Hepatology Clinical Nurse Specialists
Former cleaning supervisor decides to becomes a palliative care paediatric nurse after losing his son to cancer:
Mark Cubbon appointed to lead Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Two Jobs: One Loyal QA Staffer
Do you remember when QA Hospital had the pleasure of welcoming a musician from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on to our wards?
Portsmouth City Council are looking to find out more about local services you receive from pharmacies. Please fill out their survey.
“All I remember is that one minute I was riding my bike on a bright sunny day and the next I was sitting I was sitting on the ground and a paramedic was speaking to me”
At first, Jackie Davis, a midwife at QA Hospital for over 26 years, thought she had the flu. In fact, she had visited her doctor and was even given a round of antibiotics.
Praise for our staff on Ward F4 from a former patient.
After an impressive 33 years with QA Hsopital, Lucy Chester has never looked back.
Over the past three years Queen Alexandra Hospital has opened its doors to nearly 100 students - giving them the chance to learn more about what a career in medicine could be like.
#DidYouKnow.... there are 13.3 million disabled people in the UK. And disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.
A careers open day event was held at QA Hospital earlier today, in the hope of inspiring people to come and make a career choice within the NHS.
Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and Professor Sir Norman Williams visited Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust today to meet with its staff, talk about the NHS on a national-level; and discuss how ‘patient safety’ is a key focus for the health service under his tenure.
QA Consultant, Maria Noblet, appeared on BBC Radio Solent last week to discuss QA's involvement in a new clinical trial.
Larrard’s New Gamble
It is estimated that about 1 in 20 people will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime; 8 in 10 will be over the age of 60. In addition, Bowel Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and over 16,000 people die from it each year.
The important thing to fighting Bowel Cancer is to know you have it to begin with.
Larrard Gamble thought that his increased fatigue and the diarrhoea he was suffering from off and on for a year was due to a virus.
Larrard—known as Larry to his friends and family-- took the home Bowel Cancer test provided by the Bowel Cancer Screening programme at QA hospital almost as an afterthought. In fact, he recalls that when he took the test, he was feeling better.
He never expected to test positive. “I was shocked. It took me aback a bit. I had to go to the doctor twice when they discovered it,” the 64 year-old says. “The tumour had to come out so I had to have surgery and was in hospital for about five days.”
Larrard admits to being relieved when the tumour was removed. “The surgeons were marvellous. I had a key- hole surgery and I have hardly any marks on me at all.”
Larrard is just starting chemotherapy –and although it isn’t his favourite thing to have happen to him in his life, he knows that he is lucky that doctors found out he had bowel cancer before things were too far along. He believes that now he is on the journey to recovery.
“I don’t think of myself as sick,” he says. “I never have.”
Meet the urgent care transformation team, who came together as a team last March looking at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust emergency care pathway.
“Following an accident, severe osteoporosis forced me to leave my job, but who-knew that my family dog would keep me occupied and raise a smile to lots of other faces too…”
After spending 40 years of his life as a property improver, 56-year-old Tim Bennett was diagnosed with severe-osteoporosis of the spine which meant his full-time job was no longer possible. Looking to the positive, Tim decided to register his German Shepherd as a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog and volunteer at QA Hospital.
The day after his 28th birthday, skydiver Neil Clements plummeted 400ft when his parachute collapsed from a freak gust of wind - causing catastrophic injuries.
A health awareness event to inform about the signs of heart disease, lung cancer and lung disease and to encourage those with symptoms to visit their GP.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is taking part in a new clinical trial funded by leading charity Breast Cancer Now – to investigate the best way to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to reduce the impact of two major side-effects for women undergoing breast cancer treatment.
This week marks the start of National Childhood Obesity Week. We want to raise awareness of the dangers of being above a healthy weight during childhood. Did you know that nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese? Or even worse, younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer?
FM Services at Portsmouth Hospitals has become one of the first organisations nationally to achieve the Green Kitchen Standard, which celebrates Carillion’s commitment to achieving high sustainability standards and good environmental management.
On Saturday 24th June, members of Portsmouth Hospital’s theatres team were on hand to answer questions and give information to Healthcare Support Workers and Staff Nurses about working for the theatre team.
We are proud to announce the publication of our 2016/17 Quality Account, which you can view on the NHS Choices website.
The quality and safety of patient care is at the centre of all we do, and is a key focus for the Trust Board and all our staff. This Quality Account informs the public and interested stakeholders about the quality of care and services we provide and information on our many achievements throughout 2016/17, as well as a look forward regarding priorities and specific area of focus for the coming year (2017/18).
Meet QA's ward managers Kayleigh and Sandy from Ward D4
It was 21 years ago when Mervyn Hollidge-Goode from Hawkley in Hampshire first discovered a tiny mouth ulcer under his tongue. A biopsy soon revealed the lump to be Lichen planus, an inflammatory disease of unknown cause that carries little treatment and can affect various parts of the body.
#hellomynameis Linda, and I am a staff nurse on Ward D4
With the heatwave still in place, doctors are urging people not to underestimate the risks of hot weather.
Periods of extremely hot weather can have a big impact on people’s health – and an equally big impact on the local NHS.
The message from the health service is for people to take basic, sensible precautions to avoid suffering in the heat, and also to take time to choose the right NHS service if they do need medical help or advice.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week UK 19-25 June 2017
According to the British Lung Foundation, there are over 12 million people in the UK who are affected by a lung disease, costing the NHS an estimated £11 billion each year.
Lung conditions cause the narrowing of airways making it harder to move air in and out as you breathe. Your lungs are less able to take in oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide leaving you uncomfortable.
If you, or someone you know, are living with a lung condition, there is help in Portsmouth. @solentnhstrust provides ‘pulmonary rehabilitation’ for patients suffering with a long term lung condition.
“Although damage to lungs is irreversible, there are treatments available to help you breathe easier,” said Anna Walker, the Trust’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team Lead.
“One of the treatments is exercise. We work with people on the best exercise techniques and education to help them manage their condition on their own. These are effective and the bulk of our patients tell us they are able to live much fuller lives as a result.”
To mark Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, Anna and her team demonstrated some of the exercises in main reception area at Queen Alexandra Hospital yesterday.
"Our goal is to always help patients learn the proper exercises and also have the right information so they can manage their condition going forward."
Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital has seen increased attendances due to the recent hot weather. Our priority, as always, is the care and the safety of our patients. It is for this reason that we are advising local people to consider appropriate places to seek treatment for minor injuries.
This weekend is going to be a scorcher - so stay protected!
Open Day: Theatres is hosting a recruitment open day Saturday 24th June 2017!
When baby Teejay was born in August 2005, to the surprise of his parents Georgina and Richard he was missing two toes on his right foot. Teejay was diagnosed with a birth defect condition called Fibular hemimelia, where his fibula was missing from below the knee.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has just published a video asking what will the nurse of the future look like? #nurse2030 They filmed here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust We were delighted to be included in the film. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQt5EpVjQ2o&feature=youtu.be
Queen Alexandra Hospital microbiologist, Matthew O’Dwyer, has been awarded a prize by the IBMS.
August last year, QA's Stroke Unit undertook a mammoth cycling challenge to raise funds for a special rehab bike for their patients
When Kathy Met Eunice
When 55 year-old Kathy started volunteering in QA Hospital’s oncology department five years ago she had no idea that not only would she be helping to make a difference in the lives of patients and families, but she would also be meeting a dear friend. Kathy says that as soon as she saw Eunice, she knew she had “an accomplice in crime!”
Eunice, who has volunteered in the oncology department for four and a half years, felt the very same way. “I think of Kathy as a sister; I just love her to bits!”
Kathy and Eunice both feel strongly that they have a special opportunity in their role as volunteers to help people when they really need it. “I’ve had patients step away from treatment and then a member of their family comes up to me in tears,” Kathy says. “I give the family member hugs, a cuppa and I let them know I understand that they are hurting. By the time their loved one comes back, the storm is over and they are themselves again. It is so important to listen to both patients and their carers.”
Kathy and Eunice both have known several of the patients personally who have come to QA Hospital for treatment. In fact, the daughter of one of Kathy’s dear friends passed away from cancer and Kathy still struggles with the memory. “It was very, very difficult. She was a young woman with nothing but life ahead of her. But she was brave and the doctors and staff took such brilliant care of her.”
Eunice is adamant that although there are a lot of serious things to deal with on the ward, there are many moments of great fun. “I like the banter…having a joke with everyone."
Both women are enmeshed in the community and have actually run into patients and their families when they are out running errands. “Sainsbury’s seems to be the place where everyone congregates!” Kathy says, laughing. She makes it clear that she never approaches anyone or draws attention to herself. “It is important that everyone we deal with in hospital have their privacy, but the funny thing is they always come up to me anyway.”
The pair agrees that even though they are volunteers, they have been made to feel like an essential part of the oncology department’s team. “I love everyone here,” Eunice says. “They are the best. The doctors and nurses work so hard and do such amazing work. And they all treat Kathy and me like we are just as important as they are!”
31-year-old Joanna Jefferson from Locks Heath gave birth to her second set of twins at 27 weeks; just four years after her first set of twins were born premature at 30 weeks. One year later and she proudly tells us that her baby boys, Donnie and Dougie, are flourishing in their development, despite being born 13 weeks early and not being discharged from hospital until they were eight weeks old.
For Volunteers Week we introduce the very wonderful Margo Berry
I am Margo and have been a volunteer at the Trust for eight years. I have lymphoma and also osteoporosis and I work closely with the oncology team and I also chair the Portsmouth and South East Hants Osteoporosis Group. I love volunteering and giving back to my local community. My roles really involve educating the public in prevention and education and also providing patient support where needed. Every day is different and I get more back than I can ever give.
Anyone interested in volunteering should email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They can steer you to the right opportunity.
#hellomynameis Jenny, I am the Health and Safety Advisor at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a careers open day on the 15 July - so come along!
The Patient, Family and Carer Collaborative at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust invite you to
Monday 12 June 2017
14.00 – 16.00 hrs
Oasis Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital
For #hellomynameis this week we are introducing QA's Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS)
Babies begin to hear and recognise the rhythm and melody of voices within months of birth, often responding to cooing sounds when you talk to them…but what happens when they don’t?
Serving your country can take its toll. Every year a significant number of veterans leave the Armed Forces with mental health problems. In November 2015, Portsmouth Hospitals teamed up with Combat Stress (the leading Veterans' mental health charity in the UK) creating a dedicated team in QA Hospital that specialises in the treatment of Service-related mental health issues, providing veterans with the support they need to recover.
We have spoken to two veterans, Michael and Tim, about how this service has been a lifeline to them.
Specialist Research Nurse, Geraldine Kerr, says the greatest part of her job is changing the lives of patients through innovative research, which is an indispensable part of a modern, forward-thinking health service.
#hellomynameis Pedro and i work in Theatres at QA Hospital
Today is International Nurses Day, (held annually on 12 May to mark Florence Nightingale’s birthday), to mark the contribution that nurses make to society, and in particular our nurses here at QA Hospital.
We speak to Sister in Trauma and Orthopaedic, Hope Prosser, about what the role of a nurse is really like, and just how far those skills can take you…
On Thursday, May 4th QA’s Consultant Cardiologist Dr. Ali Dana and colleagues taught an all-day refresher course for paramedics at QA hospital about the primary Angioplasty Service for Treatment of Heart Attacks. The course has been running since May 2012. Attendees were paramedics from South Coast Ambulance Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, UK Specialist Ambulance Service and the Trust and Southern Health. The course is in such demand that Dr. Dana teaches it two to three times a year.
Good Morning Britain visited QA Hospital this morning to discuss the new 24hr Labour Line
We urge people to seek appropriate medical treatment for minor injuries over the Bank Holiday Weekend
Portsmouth Hospitals Charity has received £870 from the John Lewis Knight and Lee store in Southsea as part of their Community Matters scheme.
Portsmouth Hospitals celebrated World Health Day last Friday hosting information stands and fun activities
Consider alternative places to seek medical treatment over the busy Easter Bank Holiday weekend
Take part in the Southampton Marathon and help raise vital funds for QA Hospital
Did you know that you can really "call the midwife"? Starting April 10th at 10:00 AM Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Labour Line will go live!
Here are your local pharmacy Easter opening times
#hellomynameis Stacey and i am a registered nurse at QA Hospital
Major vascular surgery to move from QA Hospital to Southampton General Hospital
Sponsored Walk, 7th May, along Southsea seafront in aid of the Rocky Appeal
Latest edition of Trust Matters - Spring 2017
We met up with Naomi and Lucy for this week's #hellomynameis
For #hellomynameis this week we met the Medicine for Older People Occupational Therapy Team
The Grange Maternity Centre telephone numbers are changing on 21 March 2017
We met up with Nicky in resuscitation for this week's #hellomynameis
Trust launch new 'Passport to Manage' framework to ensure patient care is at its best
Looking at the relationship between arthritis and sleep
Dr Warren Dunger is the only Clinical Psychologist within Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
We visited Victoria in Ultrasound for #hellomynameis this week
#hellomynameis Carl and i am a Resuscitation Officer here at QA
Jackie Hill raised £1,450 for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s Renal Unit.
For #hellomynameis this week we spoke to the Diabetes Dietitians
Liver4Life would like to invite you to the launch of the Portsmouth LiverChat! group.
League of Friends donate two vital pieces of equipment to the Endoscopy Department
Portsmouth Hospitals Charity are looking for people to take part in an exciting trolley dash
Join Portsmouth Hospitals Charity for an exclusive charity shopping evening at Crabtree & Evelyn
QA Hospitals catering times over Christmas
An exciting Christmas Jumper Day was held to raise funds for patients at QA Hospital
Meet the Renal Dietitians based at Queen Alexandra Hospital
Meet Gemma, one of our new apprentices
HMS Nelson spread some festive cheer to elderly patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital
The annual health and well-being event was a huge success!
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust wins Silver award for 'Sports and Physical Activity at Work’