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Autumn Public Meetings

Do you have any questions about YOUR hospital?

20 October 2017

For #feedbackfriday we received a wonderful letter from a patient

20 October 2017
New Chair appointed to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Melloney Poole OBE has been appointed as Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s new Chair.

18 October 2017
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Lovely patient thank you note

I was referred to Professor Bhandair at your Endoscopy Unit. I have nothing but praise for the Professor and his team.

17 October 2017
#hellomynameis Sharon Ward
16 October 2017
Diabetes comic book wins national award

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.


13 October 2017
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When play becomes friendship

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.

13 October 2017
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Portsmouth Hospitals has been revalidated as a Venous Thromboembolism

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.


13 October 2017
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QA open day tours - Saturday 14 October 2017

Please see the body of the article for information on the open day tours.

12 October 2017
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Portsmouth paramedic and nurse to join international relief effort

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.

12 October 2017
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QA Hospital's first Public Constituency Meeting

QA Hospital’s first Public Constituency meeting on 19 October in Bedhampton.

12 October 2017
Annie Munks, one of our valued nurses

Calling all registered nurses!

11 October 2017
Stroke Improvement event

Join us for our first ever Stroke Improvement event.

11 October 2017
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Thank you Clare for sharing your story with us

Mum recounts her experiences with her son's great care at QA Hospital

11 October 2017
Memory Lane music sessions
09 October 2017
Vocational Awards 2017
09 October 2017
Celebrating 'The Power of Play'

This week we are celebrating 'The Power of Play'

09 October 2017
Head of Nursing, Jenny, talks about 40 year career at Portsmouth Hospitals

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.

07 October 2017
Matthew Spencer, Employee of the Month

Matthew Spencer, October 2017 Employee of the Month.

06 October 2017
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Open Day

Join us in the Oasis Centre for our first ever Inflammatory Bowel Disease Open Day!

05 October 2017
'Back to School' at Memory Lane

Our patients went back to school in the Memory Lane room.

05 October 2017
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How much did we raise at Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning?

Check out how much the wards and departments raised for Macmillan last week!

05 October 2017
Mr Prodromos Laftsidis

Mr Prodromos Laftsidis remembers the first time he realised that he wanted to work in the field of transplantation 

05 October 2017
Meet Emma and Lisa

Emma and Lisa control the human patient simulators!

02 October 2017
QA Hospital restaurants no longer take card payment charges

We are pleased to say that Queen Alexandra Hospital's restaurants no longer take charges for card payments.

02 October 2017
The Voluntary Services Team at QA have been awarded a special commendation

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

28 September 2017
Calling all registered nurses!

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.

28 September 2017
Help us fundraise for an interactive floor on Open Day!

Come to our Open Day and help us raise money for an interactive floor!

28 September 2017
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QA Hospital is to open its doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the hospital

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.

27 September 2017
Wellbeing Service Stoptober

The Wellbeing service support people with giving up smoking

25 September 2017
Maria Purse, Urgent Care Transformation Programme Manager at QA Hospital

“In my job you need persistence. It helps tremendously that I have a clinical background and can relate to what clinicians need." 

24 September 2017
Thank you Wave 105 for your donation!

Thank you to Wave 105 who donated £3,800 towards the funding for our educational 'Interactive' Floor.

22 September 2017
We welcome two new EU Nurses to the Trust

This week we would like to wish a very warm welcome to our two new Nurses!

22 September 2017
Hospital releases its Quality Improvement Plan

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.

22 September 2017
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Shared Governance Board

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!

22 September 2017
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Ten Band 5 Registered Nurses are 75% through their ‘Inspiring the Aspiring Leader’ Course run by Medicine CSC.

Ten QA Hospital Band 5 Registered Nurses are nearing completion of their ‘Inspiring the Aspiring Leader’ Course run by Medicine CSC.

21 September 2017
Leukaemia Care

Do you know what there is to know about spotting Leukaemia?

21 September 2017
Hannah Docherty—Matron for Surgery and Cancer and QA Hospital Innovator

Hannah Docherty is one of QA Hospital’s Innovators and will be speaking on Fab Change Day Monday 25 September

21 September 2017
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For Blood Cancer Awareness Month: meet the very inspiring and truly indomitable Lisa

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...

20 September 2017
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Welcoming the ‘We love QA’ campaign

A ‘We love QA’ campaign has been launched by The News, Portsmouth, to celebrate the exceptional work of our staff.

19 September 2017
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Mr Nick Carter loves his job

Mr Nick Carter is a Specialist Laparoscopic Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon and he thinks every day at QA Hospital is amazing!

19 September 2017
15 new registered nurses have joined the Trust!

International nurses from the EU and Philippines have joined the Trust

18 September 2017
Day to Day Living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases Conference

Join us for our next Day to Day Living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases Conference.

18 September 2017
Public meetings

Do you have any questions about your local hospital?

15 September 2017
QA Hospital Altruistic Kidney Donor and Her Recipient Become Best Friends

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.

14 September 2017
Meet some of our staff from the Cardiac High Care Unit

Ward C7 has given us some insight of what they do on the Cardiac High Care Unit

13 September 2017
World Sepsis Day!

Today is World Sepsis Day! Seek all the information you need at the sepsis stand in the atrium

13 September 2017
The CT and MRI department undertake new exciting training methods

Last week, the CT and MRI department at Queen Alexandra Hospital undertook a new and exciting way of offering training to its staff.

12 September 2017
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Quality Improvement Plan

Phase one of our Quality Improvement Plan is now available to view.

12 September 2017
Beginning her career at QA Hospital in 2005, Sarah has dedicated an amazing 12 years to her patients

Sarah is a transplant nurse specialist here at Queen Alexandra Hospital - passionate about delivering the best patient care.

12 September 2017
Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital is very busy.

Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital is very busy.Make sure you're receiving the appropriate treatment for minor injuries.

11 September 2017
Staff are invited to celebrate Fab Change Day

Monday 25th September, 10-3pm, Lecture Theatre Education Centre

11 September 2017
Come to our Open Day!

FREE open day at Queen Alexandra Hospital!

11 September 2017
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust team with Macmillan Cancer Support

A duo of cancer clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust have been adopted by Macmillan Cancer Support.

11 September 2017
“Every day a patient is putting their life in my hands to do something that will be life-altering – that is an indescribable feeling.”

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.

11 September 2017
Meet the Learning and Development Team

When our international nurses arrive from overseas, it is our Learning & Development team who support them.

08 September 2017
Meet Mandy

#hellomynameis – Mandy Magee. I am part of the MOPRS team and I work on G2 dealing with medicine for the elderly

07 September 2017
Meet Charlie Durrant

#hellomynameis – Charlie Durrant, a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

07 September 2017
Father donates kidney to son

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.

07 September 2017
Meet the Tissue Viability Team

The Tissue Viability Team here at Queen Alexandra Hospital are delighted to welcome a new member to their team.


06 September 2017
Annual General Meeting

Fareham, Gosport and Southern Eastern Hampshire invite you to their Annual General Meetings

05 September 2017
Patient Portal

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.


04 September 2017
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Thank you from a former patient

Thank you from a former QA Hospital patient

31 August 2017
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Two new pod systems installed at QA Hospital

Two new pods systems have been installed in the emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

30 August 2017
Dr Kaushik Guha

 Meet Kaushik Guha QA Hospital's newest Consultant Cardiologist

30 August 2017
Type 1 Diabetes Event

A Type 1 diabetes event will be held on Saturday 30th September, 9am – 1pm, in QA’s Education Centre.

29 August 2017
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Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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.

29 August 2017
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Mr Nick Carter, Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon films live surgery

 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

29 August 2017
Smyths Toys Superstores kindly donated £8000

Smyths Toys Superstores have kindly donated £8000 to Ickle Pickles Hampshire

29 August 2017
Meet Ben and his family

Ben says he owes his wife's life to the quality of care she received at QA Hospital.

27 August 2017
Meet Terry

Meet Terry, an amazing Senior IV Practitioner for Infection Prevention

26 August 2017
Meet Layla

Meet Layla, one of our great Clinical Audiologists

26 August 2017
Meet Hope

QA teenager raises £4,500 for the children’s wards

26 August 2017
Meet Claire

Meet Claire, a member of the Pathology team.

25 August 2017
Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital is likely to be very busy over the Bank Holiday.

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.

25 August 2017
Meet Denise

Meet Denise Foord, one of our excellent orthopaedics.

25 August 2017
Meet Natalie

Meet Natalie, one of our very successful Renal Consultants.

25 August 2017
QA Hospital school helps students with GCSE tests

Harbour School in QA Hospital has helped our young patients take their GCSE test whilst they were in hospital

24 August 2017
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The Care Quality Commission today published their report into emergency, urgent and medical services at Queen Alexandra 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.

24 August 2017
Portsmouth Hospitals memory box sessions

The memory box sessions provide free reminiscence periods where most of our frail patients within our Older People wards

23 August 2017
Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital is currently very busy

Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital is currently very busy - please choose well when seeking treatment for minor injuries.

22 August 2017
**FREE Spinnaker Tower Abseil place**

There is a free space available for the abseil this Saturday.

22 August 2017
Recruiting Now!

Super-organised enthusiastic volunteer event organisers!

22 August 2017
Laura Wood completes two year Post Graduate Certificate

Congratulations to Laura Wood who successfully completed a two year Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

18 August 2017
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust score above national average

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


16 August 2017

Michaela credits the QA Hospital's Infection Prevention team with saving her life.

15 August 2017
**Important update** HMS Queen Elizabeth arrival

The new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to arrive in Portsmouth tomorrow, Wednesday 16 August, at 07.10am

15 August 2017
Maternity Services Survey 2017

A survey has been created looking at ways to improve maternity services for both mother and family

14 August 2017
Bowel Cancer Team celebrates graduations!

Bowel Cancer Team celebrates graduations!

14 August 2017
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Chief Executive's Blog

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

11 August 2017
Rowans celebratory tea party

A tea party was held at the Rowans Hospice last week, celebrating the achievement of some of their nurses.

11 August 2017
**Important please share – possible traffic disruption**

The new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is set to arrive in Portsmouth between 17 and 22 August.

11 August 2017
Anna Velie

Anna Velie is top of her class!

11 August 2017
Meet Connor, a medical laboratory assistant here at QA

Connor Hammon is one of the medical laboratory assistants here at QA's busy pathology lab.

08 August 2017
Volunteer Sally Sines is to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower

Volunteer Sally Sines is to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in the hope to raise important funds for the hopsital.

08 August 2017
Josh Tonks, Duty Hospital Manager

Josh Tonks, Duty Hospital Manager, has been at QA Hospital for one year. Read more about Josh and his role.

08 August 2017
Congratulations to Theresa, Kerry, Christina and Lisa

Congratulations to Theresa, Kerry, Christina and Lisa who are celebrating some recent success

07 August 2017
Professor Peter Brennan

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.

04 August 2017
QA Hospital trio pass the Technical Certificate national exam

Shirley Weeks, Barry Oliver, and Darren Bonson pass the Technical Certificate national exam given by the Institute Decontamination Sciences


03 August 2017
#DidYouKnow QA Hospital has its own Wellness Centre?

Meet Lewis, one of the enthusiastic leisure assistants who joined the team in September last year.

03 August 2017
Chris Payne

Former Hepatitis C patient Chris Payne speaks about his new life.

03 August 2017
Mark Cubbon 100 day plan

Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive, started in his new role this week and has published his 100 day plan.

02 August 2017
QA team donate £500 to the Elizabeth Foundation

QA's sewing room team have donated an amazing £500 to the Elizabeth Foundation.

01 August 2017
Portsmouth Hospitals welcomes Royal College of Midwives for charter signing

Portsmouth Hospitals welcomes Royal College of Midwives for the formal signing of the Caring For You Charter 

31 July 2017
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Praise for Hospital from Terence

Praise for QA Hospital staff from grateful patient.

30 July 2017
Anne Taylor retires

Anne Taylor QA Hospital’s Adult Safeguarding Lead Nurse retires after 28 years in the Trust. 

29 July 2017
Brian tells his story for World Hepatitis Day

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.

Meet Brian.

28 July 2017
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Nicole goes for Gold!

QA patient, Nicole Mackenzie, is heading to North Lanarkshire today for the British Transplant Games 2017.

27 July 2017
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Dr. John Knighton appointed Medical Director

Dr John Knighton appointed Medical Director of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

27 July 2017
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Meet British Transplant Games participant Rob Jolliffe

27 July 2017
Our Emergency Department here at QA is very busy today

Our Emergency Department here at QA is very busy today - please consider alternatives when seeking medical treatment.

27 July 2017
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Meet Karen and Kirsty, our Hepatology Clinical Nurse Specialists

Meet Karen and Kirsty--Two of QA Hospital's Hepatology Clinical Nurse Specialists 

27 July 2017
Alan Outen's new career

Former cleaning supervisor decides to becomes a palliative care paediatric nurse after losing his son to cancer:

26 July 2017
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Mark Cubbon appointed to lead Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Mark Cubbon appointed to lead Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

25 July 2017
Anita DeHavilland Works Two Jobs!

Two Jobs: One Loyal QA Staffer

22 July 2017
The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Do you remember when QA Hospital had the pleasure of welcoming a musician from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on to our wards?

20 July 2017
Portsmouth City Council are inviting you to tell them about pharmacy services in your area

Portsmouth City Council are looking to find out more about local services you receive from pharmacies. Please fill out their survey.

20 July 2017
Team Great Britain Triathelete Praises Emergency Department Staff

“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”

20 July 2017
QA midwife has her own bout with sepsis

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.


19 July 2017
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Kind Words for F2 Ward

Praise for our staff on Ward F4 from a former patient. 

19 July 2017
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Lucy Chester Living Transplant Coordinator

After an impressive 33 years with QA Hsopital, Lucy Chester has never looked back.

18 July 2017
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QA hosts fun educational day for students

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.

17 July 2017
Disability Awareness Day!

#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. 

16 July 2017
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Careers open day event held at QA Hospital

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.

15 July 2017
Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and Professor Sir Norman Williams visits Portsmouth Hospitals

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.

14 July 2017
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QA Consultant discusses new clinical trial on BBC Radio Solent

QA Consultant, Maria Noblet, appeared on BBC Radio Solent last week to discuss QA's involvement in a new clinical trial.

14 July 2017
Larrard's Latest Gamble

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.”

13 July 2017
Meet the Urgent Care Transformation team

Meet the urgent care transformation team, who came together as a team last March looking at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust emergency care pathway.

13 July 2017
Lost property

#DidYouKnow... the hospital has a lost property?

13 July 2017
Raising a smile with the help of my dog

“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.

13 July 2017
Skydiver plummets 400ft when parachute fails to open

The day after his 28th birthday, skydiver Neil Clements plummeted 400ft when his parachute collapsed from a freak gust of wind - causing catastrophic injuries.

11 July 2017
A Harbour in the Storm
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06 July 2017
Be Clear on Cancer Roadshow

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.

05 July 2017
Breast cancer clinical trial features on Radio Four Woman’s Hour

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.

04 July 2017
Did you know that nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese?

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?


04 July 2017
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#hellomynameis Wil

For #hellomynameis this week we visited Wil from Ward D5.

03 July 2017
Carillion’s FM Services at Queen Alexandra Hospital receives Green Kitchen Standard

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.

29 June 2017
Theatres hosts successful recruitment open day

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.

29 June 2017
We are proud to announce the publication of our 2016/17 Quality Account

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). 

29 June 2017
#hellomynameis Kayleigh and Sandy

Meet QA's ward managers Kayleigh and Sandy from Ward D4

28 June 2017
My ulcer turned cancerous...

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.

27 June 2017
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#hellomynameis Linda

#hellomynameis Linda, and I am a staff nurse on Ward D4

24 June 2017
NHS feels the heat as hot weather continues

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.


20 June 2017
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week Exercises

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."

20 June 2017
Increased attendances at ED

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.

19 June 2017

This weekend is going to be a scorcher - so stay protected!

16 June 2017
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#hellomynameis Jessica

#hellomynameis Jessica, and I am a Health Care Support Worker at Queen Alexandra Hospital

15 June 2017

Open Day: Theatres is hosting a recruitment open day Saturday 24th June 2017!

14 June 2017
#hellomynameis Julie and Kely

For #hellomynameis this week we visited QA’s Paediatrics Department, where we met Julie and Kelly.

13 June 2017
11 year old has grandfather's face put on his legs in tribute

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.

13 June 2017
The Nursing and Midwifery Council publishes a video asking what will the nurse of the future look like...

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

13 June 2017
QA specialist biomedical scientist wins microbiology award

Queen Alexandra Hospital microbiologist, Matthew O’Dwyer, has been awarded a prize by the IBMS.

12 June 2017
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Staff and Patients at QA Hospital Take On Olympic Challenge to Raise Money for Stroke Rehab

August last year, QA's Stroke Unit undertook a mammoth cycling challenge to raise funds for a special rehab bike for their patients


11 June 2017
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When Kathy Met Eunice

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!”

09 June 2017
Volunteer Marjorie
07 June 2017
Mother who had two sets of premature twins in four years, says one year on and her babies are thriving!

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.

06 June 2017
#HelloMyNameIs Margo


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: voluntary.services@porthosp.nhs.uk. They can steer you to the right opportunity.

01 June 2017
#hellomynameis Jenny

#hellomynameis Jenny, I am the Health and Safety Advisor at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

30 May 2017
careers open day
Careers Open Day

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a careers open day on the 15 July - so come along!

26 May 2017
The Patient, Family and Carer Collaborative invite you to get involved...

The Patient, Family and Carer Collaborative at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust invite you to


“Get Involved”


Monday 12 June 2017

14.00 – 16.00 hrs

Oasis Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital


26 May 2017
Meet QA's Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS)

For #hellomynameis this week we are introducing QA's Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS)

22 May 2017
#DeafAwareness Supporting infants and pre-school children with hearing loss

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?

19 May 2017
Providing veterans with the support they need to recover

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.

16 May 2017

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.

12 May 2017
#hellomynameis Pedro

#hellomynameis Pedro and i work in Theatres at QA Hospital

12 May 2017
International Nurses Day: Sister, Hope Prosser, talks about treating street children in Tanzania and nursing at the QA

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…




12 May 2017
dr. Ali Dana
Dr. Ali Dana Teaches Course for Local Paramedics

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.

10 May 2017
Sam brain injury 1
Sam's Story
08 May 2017
#hellomynameis Abbie Aplin
29 April 2017
GMB filming
QA Hospital appears on Good Morning Britain to discuss how Portsmouth women can really ‘call the midwife’

Good Morning Britain visited QA Hospital this morning to discuss the new 24hr Labour Line

26 April 2017
ambulance at ED
QA Hospital urges people to #ChooseWell over the bank holiday weekend

We urge people to seek appropriate medical treatment for minor injuries over the Bank Holiday Weekend

25 April 2017
community matters

Portsmouth Hospitals Charity has received £870 from the John Lewis Knight and Lee store in Southsea as part of their Community Matters scheme.

20 April 2017
WHD 2017 stands
Portsmouth Hospitals celebrates World Health Day 2017

Portsmouth Hospitals celebrated World Health Day last Friday hosting information stands and fun activities

15 April 2017
A&E alternatives over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend

Consider alternative places to seek medical treatment over the busy Easter Bank Holiday weekend

13 April 2017
PHT charity
Spaces available for Southampton Marathon with QA Hospital Charity

Take part in the Southampton Marathon and help raise vital funds for QA Hospital

10 April 2017
24 Hour Labour Line
Portsmouth Women Can "Call the Midwife!"

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!

07 April 2017
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Easter Pharmacy Opening times

Here are your local pharmacy Easter opening times

07 April 2017
#hellomynameis Stacey

#hellomynameis Stacey and i am a registered nurse at QA Hospital

06 April 2017
Major vascular surgery to move

Major vascular surgery to move from QA Hospital to Southampton General Hospital

28 March 2017
Rocky Appeal sponsored walk

Sponsored Walk, 7th May, along Southsea seafront in aid of the Rocky Appeal

27 March 2017
Trust Matters Spring 2017

Latest edition of Trust Matters - Spring 2017

22 March 2017
#hellomynameis Naomi and Lucy

We met up with Naomi and Lucy for this week's #hellomynameis

22 March 2017
Meet the Medicine for Older People Occupational Therapy Team

For #hellomynameis this week we met the Medicine for Older People Occupational Therapy Team

15 March 2017
Grange Maternity Centre telephone numbers are changing

The Grange Maternity Centre telephone numbers are changing on 21 March 2017

13 March 2017
#hellomynameis Claire

#hellomynameis Claire and I am one of the Specialist nurses in the Tissue Viability team

08 March 2017
#hellomynameis Nicky

We met up with Nicky in resuscitation for this week's #hellomynameis

01 March 2017
Fit for practice
27 February 2017
passport to manage
Trust launch new 'Passport to Manage' framework

Trust launch new 'Passport to Manage' framework to ensure patient care is at its best

24 February 2017
Rheumatology awareness event

Looking at the relationship between arthritis and sleep

23 February 2017
#hellomynameis Dr Warren Dunger

Dr Warren Dunger is the only Clinical Psychologist within Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

22 February 2017
#hellomynameis Victoria

We visited Victoria in Ultrasound for #hellomynameis this week

15 February 2017
Carl Davies
#hellomynameis Carl

#hellomynameis Carl and i am a Resuscitation Officer here at QA

08 February 2017
Grateful wife raises thousands for Portsmouth Hospitals Renal Unit in memory of her husband

Jackie Hill raised £1,450 for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s Renal Unit.

08 February 2017
Meet the Diabetes Dietitians #hellomynameis

For #hellomynameis this week we spoke to the Diabetes Dietitians

01 February 2017

Liver4Life would like to invite you to the launch of the Portsmouth LiverChat! group.

30 January 2017
Nurses receive award
27 January 2017
Thanks, League of Friends!

League of Friends donate two vital pieces of equipment to the Endoscopy Department

20 January 2017
Trolley dash

Portsmouth Hospitals Charity are looking for people to take part in an exciting trolley dash

19 January 2017
Exclusive charity shopping evening

Join Portsmouth Hospitals Charity for an exclusive charity shopping evening at Crabtree & Evelyn

16 January 2017
Grateful patient raises £3,000
Grateful patient raises £3,000 for Portsmouth Hospitals Oncology Department and the Whitburn Trust
10 January 2017
Christmas catering times

QA Hospitals catering times over Christmas

21 December 2016
Christmas Jumper Day raises money for QA Hospital

An exciting Christmas Jumper Day was held to raise funds for patients at QA Hospital

20 December 2016
Meet the Renal Dietitians ... #hellomynameis

Meet the Renal Dietitians based at Queen Alexandra Hospital

19 December 2016
#hellomynameis... Gemma

Meet Gemma, one of our new apprentices

17 December 2016
HMS Nelson donates gifts

HMS Nelson spread some festive cheer to elderly patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital

15 December 2016
carillion health wellbeing event 2016
Carillion event raises £2,000 for charity

The annual health and well-being event was a huge success!

12 December 2016
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust wins Silver award

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust wins Silver award for 'Sports and Physical Activity at Work’

11 December 2016
Cardiac Screening Day

QA Hospital recently held a Cardiac Screening Day - which was a huge success!

09 December 2016

We are encouraging everyone to donate a small gift for our older patients over christmas

09 December 2016
stay well this winter
Pharmacy opening times - Christmas 2016

Download our helpful PDF which details the opening times of local pharmacies over the Christmas period.

07 December 2016
QA Secretary celebrates 40th year at Portsmouth Hospitals

Jude Parker, QA Sectary, celebrates 40 years at Portsmouth Hospitals

06 December 2016
Open Day

Calling all Band 5 / 6 Nurses and Healthcare Support Workers

25 November 2016
Award win for Research at Portsmouth Hospitals

Trust initiative which has significantly “slashed’ emergency department visits for patients with airways diseases wins prestigious award

24 November 2016
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Health and care plan for Hampshire and Isle of Wight will bring more care closer to patients

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. 

23 November 2016
University of Southampton Careers Fair

QA staff attended the University of Southampton Careers Fair earlier this week

20 November 2016
Phlebotomy team donates wonderful refuge parcels

QA's Phlebotomy team have donated wonderful refuge parcels to Portsmouth's refuge

19 November 2016
QA Matron wins award

QA Matron, Bev Vaughan, wins award

18 November 2016
QA's "Lightest and most premature triplets in the world"

Share their story for World Prematurity Day

17 November 2016
Queen Alexandra Hospital receives award for excellent baby care

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Queen Alexandra Hospital have receive an award

15 November 2016
#hellomynameis... Dawn

#hellomynameis… Dawn and I am a Trauma Audit Research Nurse here at QA Hospital

15 November 2016
the news 05.11
Portsmouth Hospitals staff win Best of Health Awards

We’re extremely proud of all our Trust staff who were given the chance to shine at The News’ Best of Health Awards 2016.

07 November 2016
Lights for love appeal

Light a candle for those you love at the Lights for Love Appeal

06 November 2016

#hellomynameis... Michelle, Jennie, Jo and Gemma, and we are the Gastroenterology Research Team here at QA Hospital

05 November 2016
QA Rheumatology team receives award

QA Rheumatology team receives National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) Healthcare Champions Award

04 November 2016
Portsmouth Hospitals Charity wedding fayre

Join Portsmouth Hospitals Charity for another exciting wedding fayre

01 November 2016
Student donates artwork to children’s waiting area

Thank you to Drew, who donated a piece of artwork to the children’s department

31 October 2016
Don’t be Scared to Look after your Bones

Have you broken a bone recently?

28 October 2016
Stop the Red Clocks shortlisted for award

Congratulations to our Stop the Red Clocks Project, which was shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times Award.

27 October 2016
Portsmouth Hospitals Pre Nursing Programme

Wishing to make the move into nursing? Read about our pre nursing programme

27 October 2016
QA midwives raise an amazing £13,000

Well done to our maternity team who completed the Great South Run last weekend

25 October 2016
Have your voice heard about changes to vascular services

Make sure you have your voice heard about changes to vascular services and join us at a local workshop

25 October 2016
We're celebrating our seven-year anniversary!

Today we celebrate an incredible seven years since the official opening of the then new, Queen Alexandra Hospital.

21 October 2016

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