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 six 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: email@example.com. 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.