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’
QA Hospital recently held a Cardiac Screening Day - which was a huge success!
We are encouraging everyone to donate a small gift for our older patients over christmas
Download our helpful PDF which details the opening times of local pharmacies over the Christmas period.
Jude Parker, QA Sectary, celebrates 40 years at Portsmouth Hospitals
Calling all Band 5 / 6 Nurses and Healthcare Support Workers
Trust initiative which has significantly “slashed’ emergency department visits for patients with airways diseases wins prestigious award
Local plans for improving health and care services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are the bedrock of a programme for transforming local health and care services and ensuring they remain sustainable in the future.
QA staff attended the University of Southampton Careers Fair earlier this week
QA's Phlebotomy team have donated wonderful refuge parcels to Portsmouth's refuge
QA Matron, Bev Vaughan, wins award
Share their story for World Prematurity Day
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Queen Alexandra Hospital have receive an award
We’re extremely proud of all our Trust staff who were given the chance to shine at The News’ Best of Health Awards 2016.
Light a candle for those you love at the Lights for Love Appeal
QA Rheumatology team receives National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) Healthcare Champions Award
Join Portsmouth Hospitals Charity for another exciting wedding fayre
Thank you to Drew, who donated a piece of artwork to the children’s department
Have you broken a bone recently?
Congratulations to our Stop the Red Clocks Project, which was shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times Award.
Wishing to make the move into nursing? Read about our pre nursing programme
Well done to our maternity team who completed the Great South Run last weekend
Make sure you have your voice heard about changes to vascular services and join us at a local workshop
Today we celebrate an incredible seven years since the official opening of the then new, Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Staff are encouraged to take part in our #ImmuniseYourSelfie campaign to help fight flu!
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust celebrates its “incredible” staff who go above and beyond at its annual awards ceremony.
TOMORROW from 10.30am-3.00pm at QA Hospital
Macmillan nurse Wendy, who is based at QA, was nominated by colleagues in the Service Improvement Excellence Award category
We are committed to improving the experience for Carers!
Top doctors develop comic to help young people with diabetes
QA Hospital is holding CPR lessons as part of Restart a Heart Day
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Family and friends of Christopher Haywood, who was cared for at QA Hospital, Cosham have raised £2,161.44
A mum with an extremely rare disease can now live a “normal” life
Sam Merrick charmed Prince Harry yesterday at the Wellchild Awards 2016.
Research Opportunity - looking for a pregnant woman
Today marked the beginning of Falls Awareness Week
Sam Merrick was one of hundreds of brave and inspirational youngsters
The finalists are revealed...
Today marked the start of our annual drive to vaccinate our staff against flu
For Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness (NICA) Month, we’re sharing the story of one of QA’s smallest ever babies.
On the 14th and 15th September, Robert Knott from Gosport bravely took part in a world record attempt for the most weight deadlifted in 24 hours.
Is this your lost bunny?
Come along to the hospital for a free cardiac screening day
Every Thursday from 1-1.30pm.
To support World Sepsis Day, we’re telling the inspirational story of QA midwife Jackie Davis.
£2,680.88 has been raised.
A Trust initiative has been shortlisted three times for the national Health Service Journal awards for work to improve lives of those with airways diseases.
We would like to say a big thank you to Claire Bebbington, a Paediatric Staff Nurse here at QA for organising a raffle within her Department.
Hospital statement regarding the suspended Junior Doctors' strike
Thank you to Ickle Pickles for the donation of some new Nursing Covers
How will you start the conversation?
Nicole was only aged three when she was given a devastating diagnosis
More than £400 worth of toys and gifts were donated by a young girl
Hospital statement regarding the junior doctors' strike between 12 and 16 September 2016
F1 Ward are now the proud owners of a new cooker thanks to donations of former patients
For Lord Mayor's Appeal
Today is National Dog Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful contribution of our therapy dogs.
Staff from SSE and Accenture, based in Havant have raised £500 for Queen Alexandra Hospitals, Medicine for Older Peoples Wards.
Rebekah Lewis went from being unable to stand unaided to enjoying Zumba classes
Team Portsmouth won an impressive 14 medals at the Westfield Health British Transplant Games
The Sainsbury’s store on Commercial Road has recently launched their partnership with their new Local Charity of the Year, Portsmouth Hospitals Charity.
We wish her all the best!
Every month “ward champions” from each ward and department meet together
QA Hospital has scored highly in the Patient-led Assessment of the Care Environment
Thank you for your patience.
‘Getting to Grips with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Disease’ will be coming to Petersfield
Find out more...
26-week-old premature baby was thought to not live past a day, but today he celebrates his eighth birthday!
Janice, who was given only a 20 per cent chance of survival, abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower
Today we celebrated first birthday of the Patient, Family and Carer collaborative
The Macmillan Information and Support Centre are seeking qualified therapists to volunteer at QA Hospital
The research team at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, is looking for people to become Patient Research Ambassadors.
A young amputee is thrilled after having a ‘blade’ fitted at Portsmouth Enablement Centre
We’re so grateful to Darren and Amy Webster, who are fundraising for our NICU department.
Come join us at the Day to Day Living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases conference
Donna Bowman took on the tricky challenge of #22KILL to raise awareness of veteran suicides
Brenda Dillon spent all of her working life at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
World Hepatitis Day 2016
An inspirational transplant athlete, who overcame serious illness, will travel to Liverpool to compete in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games.
A big thank you to Sainsbury's Farlington who have kindly donated towards Cardic Rehab Education session
The Macmillan Information and Support Centre ran a ‘Health and Well Being Event’ for people affected by Lymphoma and Upper Gastro-Intestinal cancers last month, and it was a great success.
Andrew Dibsdall celebrates his kidneys 30th birthday today!
Day to Day Living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases patient and public conference
Congratulations to our Clinical Educators who graduated from Portsmouth University last week!
Today is likely to be the hottest day of the year - so stay safe in the sun
Join us - Day to Day living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue diseases
“Tired of Being Tired” programme will give you the opportunity to learn more about the causes of fatigue in arthritis and connective tissue diseases.
9 new Pure Hold hygiene handles installed round QA hospital.
QA midwives are in preparation to raise money for their bereavement room by running the Great South Run
Tracey Amey went under the knife at QA hospital and lost an astonishing 19 stone
Neonatal Ward recruitment open day at QA was a huge success!
Report about Abbie Kings weight loss surgery.
Queen Alexandra Hospital’s Neuro Physiotherapy Team are currently fundraising for a specialist therapy bike for their patients to use as part of their rehabilitation.
Charlotte Grace had been in and out of hospital with Diabetes complications for several months when she suffered a severe life-changing stroke.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has won a prestigious national award for the “impressive” work it has done to help patients with chronic respiratory conditions.
Chief executives and leaders of NHS organisations in Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire have united to condemn instances of hate crimes against some sections of the workforce since last week’s decision for the UK to leave the European Union.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be part of a Top Level Neonatal Unit?
Purplebricks, an online estate agent company has donated an incredible £3,000.00 towards the purchase of a blood gas analyser for the Children’s Assessment Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.
A 73-year-old man who was recently diagnosed with an incurable cancer has spoken about why he decided to participate in a clinical trial at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Join us on September 21st 2016.
A consultant at Queen Alexandra Hospital will celebrate his 50th anniversary with the NHS this July.
The Surgical Assessment Unit has for the last 18 months been involved in a fantastic project.
Quality Accounts are an important way for local NHS services to report on quality and show improvements in the services they deliver to local communities and partners.
Are you or a family member on blood thinning medication such as warfarin or one of the newer class of drugs called NOACs (Apixaban, Rivaroxaban, Dabigatran or Edoxaban)?