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Hard work and dedication really does pay off – just ask Valentina

Well done to Valentina who has recently passed her IELTS to become a registered nurse in the UK

16 February 2018
A huge well dnoe to Julie, Wendi, Denise, Carey and Nicole

Congratulations to the Trainee Assistant Practitioners for passing their degree

16 February 2018
Telephone number changes for services at St Mary’s Hospital

Please note that telephone numbers are changing at St Mary’s Hospital.  Please amend your records, update leaflet or web information and also advise your patients well in advance.  

16 February 2018
Come to NICU’s recruitment day – Emily did and she’s never looked back!

Portsmouth's neonatal unit is recruiting so why not come along to their nursing recruitment day?

15 February 2018
QA Hospital patients get up and active!

Patients on the older peoples ward enjoyed a session with Folk Active in Memory Lane last week

15 February 2018
Today is Valentine's Day!

Today is Valentine’s Day – a celebration of romance all over the world. One person that knows all about hearts is Ines, a Cardiac Physiologist at QA Hospital.

14 February 2018
Portsmouth Hospitals first ‘Patient Safety and Quality Conference’

We are delighted that the first Portsmouth Hospitals Patient Safety and Quality Conference took place last week, and it was a great success!

13 February 2018
Come along to NICU's recruitment event

The neonatal intensive care unit at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is recruiting and Ana tells us why it’s the best place to work.

10 February 2018
Information about antenatal ultrasound examinations

Here is some important information about antenatal ultrasound examinations at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

09 February 2018
NICU is recruiting!

The neonatal intensive care unit at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is recruiting and Tamsin tells us why it’s the best place to work.

07 February 2018
Jenny Michael has been selected as the Trust’s new Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Congratulations to Jenny Michael who has been selected as the Trust’s new Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. 

07 February 2018
Help us improve our Carers Cafe

Portsmouth Hospitals 'Carers Cafe' is looking to review and refresh - can you help us?

06 February 2018
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust pledges to help ex-service individuals

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is proud to say it has pledged to help ex-service individuals back into employment and careers within the public services.

06 February 2018
Hedley brings you his story for World Cancer Day

“In May 1989 I was referred to an urologist and in June had the cancer diagnosis confirmed. 1989 was very hectic year for me and it looked like it was going to get worse!”

04 February 2018
PHT are delighted to welcome back Tommy Whitelaw

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is delighted to welcome back Tommy Whitelaw, Dementia Carer Voices Campaigner.

01 February 2018
Attend breast screening in Crofton Community Centre

From early February to mid-April this year, women aged 50-70 who are registered with Stubbington Surgery and Lee-on-Solent Health Centre, will be invited to attend for breast screening at the mobile screening unit at Crofton Community Centre

31 January 2018
Denise and Lisa are teaming up this winter to ensure our staff and patients are protected from flu!

The duo from Orthopaedics have jabbed over 300 members of staff!

31 January 2018
Switchboard receives 'Hidden Heroes' award

Melloney Poole OBE, Chairman of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is keen to recognise teams who are going above and beyond the requirements of their ‘day jobs’ and are in an often unseen but crucial area of the hospital.

31 January 2018
Today is National Bug Busting Day!

For National Bug Busting Day today, we’re introducing you to the pro of all things bugs and germs – Tracey from the Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit.

31 January 2018

You can now advertise in Portsmouth Hospitals Charity’s newsletter! We are currently looking for local businesses within Portsmouth to advertise in our May’s issue of ‘Your Charity News’.

29 January 2018
Are you having a New Year de-clutter?

Do you have any unwanted, good condition Christmas or birthday presents that could be put to good use for a worthy cause?

26 January 2018
We want to congratulate four members of the HSDU Team

We want to congratulate four members of the HSDU Team here at QA Hospital for passing their Level 3 Technical Certificate in Decontamination.

26 January 2018
No time for pain workshop

No Time for Pain - Arthritis and Connective Disease Pain workshop comes to Fareham Library on Saturday 17th February 2018,  09:15- 12:00.

26 January 2018
Help raise money for QA dementia patients

The Fundraising Team at Queen Alexandra Hospital are looking for members of the local community to raise money for elderly patients suffering from dementia.

26 January 2018
Young QA patient hears for the first time after life-changing ear treatment

We are delighted that a lovely story, about three year old patient Coco-Cathleen, has made national news

25 January 2018
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Career and Apprentice Open Day

If you’re interested in a career within the NHS or just want to learn more, then come along to our Career and Apprentice Open Day!

24 January 2018
Portsmouth TME Symposium

Sam and his colleagues, Clare, Gemma and Emma from surgery are excited to be supporting the fourth Portsmouth TME Symposium.

24 January 2018
What is a hospital passport?

A hospital passport is for patients who have a learning disability, and should be brought to hospital with them for both inpatient and outpatient appointments.

22 January 2018
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Petersfield Phlebotomy Clinics

Petersfield Phlebotomy Clinic opening times this week

22 January 2018
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Emma Fisher, staff nurse in the NICU, is a flu vaccinator

Spreading flu to sick and vulnerable patients can be deadly, especially to those only days old. That’s why Emma is making sure her colleagues from the neonatal department are protected from flu!

19 January 2018
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Local charity donate £7,000 to benefit cancer patients

We would like to say a special thank you to OPA-SPLASH for raising an amazing £7,000 for a quiet room on the surgical wards.

18 January 2018
Surgical Familiarisation drop-in event

Does your child have a planned surgical procedure coming up? If so, QA Hospital and the University of Portsmouth invite you and your child to a fun drop-in event to introduce you to some of the things you will experience at the time of your child’s planned surgery.

16 January 2018
Services provided by Carillion plc

We want to reassure our patients and staff that our services remain open as normal.

15 January 2018
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"It's extremely busy being QA Hospital's only Mental Health Midwife!" Anna says

#DidYouKnow more than 1 in 10 women will be affected by a mental illness during pregnancy or after the birth of their baby?

15 January 2018
QA Hospital’s own Tracey Thomas Awarded Nurse of the Year

Tracey Thomas, Sister and Assistance Practice Educator at QA Hospital still seems confounded by how she beat out thousands of other nominees to win the Nurse of the Year in the Paediatric Awards for Training Achievement (PAFTA).

15 January 2018
The flu vaccine changes every year so even if you had a jab last winter you will need another one this year to stay flu safe

The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you will need another one this year to stay flu safe. Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch and healthcare workers can run the risk of transmitting the infection, which can be very serious for some of our patients.

14 January 2018
Crime Prevention & Awareness Event

#DidYouKnow… as well as a team of 24/7 operational security guards, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has an on-site Police Officer?

12 January 2018

The Trust is always keen to find people who are interested in volunteering to work with our PALS Team in making sure that our patients feel supported and well looked after while they are under our care. Oliver is a special volunteer who does just that.

12 January 2018
Workplace flu vaccinator, Sue, is on hand to administer jabs!

It is important that staff get their flu vaccinations, not only protecting themselves against the deadly virus, but also their vulnerable patients and family. That’s why workplace flu vaccinator, Sue, is on hand to administer flu jabs to her colleagues!

11 January 2018
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4th Portsmouth TME Symposium

The Colorectal Team at Queen Alexandra Hospital are inviting you to attend the 4th Portsmouth TME Symposium.

10 January 2018
**Please note - telephone number change for Blood Test appointments at St Mary’s Community Campus **

The telephone number for Blood Test appointments at St Mary’s Community Campus in Portsmouth will be changing on the 22nd January 2018.

10 January 2018
Nurse of the Year Awards 2018

We are delighted that a patient, Mr Paul Thomas, is supporting nursing staff at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust - hosting the first ‘Nurse of the Year Awards’ on 11 May 2018 at the Marriott Hotel, Cosham.

09 January 2018
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Chief Executive blog about celebrating the NHS's 70th birthday

Read the Chief Executive’s blog about why we should be celebrating the NHS’s 70th birthday

08 January 2018
From bricklayer to Radiology Department Assistant: Lewis Rutter works hard to get the job done

Radiology Department Assistant Coordinator Lewis Rutter began his professional life as a bricklayer. Then after a stint at a toy store, he began his career at QA Hospital, working as a porter.

08 January 2018
HCSW Open Day

QA Hospital is hosting a Healthcare Support Worker Open Day – Saturday 13 January 2018, 9am-3pm.

06 January 2018
Dr Joanna Walker, Consultant Paediatrician at QA Hospital, awarded a MBE!


Dr Joanna Walker, Consultant Paediatrician at QA Hospital, has been awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

05 January 2018
Advice to patients with planned operations and outpatient appointments at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Queen Alexandra Hospital is still experiencing higher than normal levels of patients visiting A&E, and patients might have heard recent national media reports that the NHS is cancelling appointments to help cope with this pressure.

04 January 2018
Staff: Haven't had your flu jab? Visit Nikki in critical care

Don't forget to have your flu jab! It’s safe and easy. Just ask Nikki, who is a workplace vaccinator in critical care.

02 January 2018
Staff at QA Hospital implanted their first patient with the CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure (HF) system.

Exciting Stuff. In December, staff at QA Hospital implanted their first patient with the CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure (HF) system. 

02 January 2018
From the Royal Navy to QA Hospital's Learning and Development Department

Ariane Macintyre is part of the Learning and Development team working as a Corporate Clinical Educator and Freedom To Speak up Advocate at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

01 January 2018
#StayWell visit your local minor injuries unit

Find out about your local minor injury units and #StayWell this winter

31 December 2017
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Top ten workplace flu vaccinators

We want to say thank you and well done to the top ten workplace flu vaccinators!

30 December 2017
Newly Qualified Nurses Open Day 2018

Are you a newly qualified nurse ready for 2018? Then come to our open day event!

29 December 2017
Make sure you have adequate supplies of prescription medicines ahead of the holiday period #StayWell

Many GP surgeries will be closed over this long holiday period, so please remember to plan ahead and order any repeat prescriptions you will need.

28 December 2017
Our emergency department can get busy over the holidays #StayWell

Our emergency department can get very busy over the holiday period, so we are advising local people to consider appropriate places to seek treatment for minor injuries and ailments.

26 December 2017
Julie Long and Dr Ali Sheikh will be spending their holidays on the other end of a patient advice line

Julie Long and Dr Ali Sheikh will be spending their holidays on the other end of a patient advice line this Christmas, giving help to people calling in with concerns.

 Both Julie and Dr Sheikh work in the Rheumatology Department.

26 December 2017
Joe Bernard will be working over the holidays

Joe Barnard is a Paediatric Staff Nurse at QA Hospital and he will be working over the holidays in the Emergency Department.

25 December 2017
Meet Mark Woodward, Security Officer who will be working the holidays to keep the QA Hospital community safe

Mark Woodward, QA Hospital’s Security Office, is one of the hundreds of consultants, nurses and staff who will be working this Christmas!

24 December 2017
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England thanks staff caring for patients over Christmas

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, thanked staff (in a video filmed here at QA Hospital) who are caring for patients over Christmas, and for all their work over a “pressurised year” for the NHS.

23 December 2017
Make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked this winter #StayWell

Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries.

22 December 2017
Nicola Iche passes the national clinical coding examination!

Nicola Iche has gained Accredited Clinical Coder (ACC) status!

22 December 2017
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Keeping Active with Arthritis

Join us, at Queen Alexandra Hospital, for Scottish Country Dancing classes starting Wednesday 14th February 2018, every week for six weeks.

21 December 2017
QA Hospital’s Breast Imaging Team had an Away day

QA Hospital’s Breast Imaging Team had an Away day this month at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth.

21 December 2017
*Give your views in a NHS public consultation on radiotherapy services*

In October, NHS England launched a public consultation on radiotherapy services. The consultation is seeking feedback on a new specification for adult radiotherapy services.

20 December 2017
*Present drop now closed as we begin to sort out the presents ahead of Xmas day*

Our Christmas present appeal has now closed, as we are now sorting and gathering the presents to hand out to the older patients staying in hospital over the Christmas period. 

19 December 2017
Congratulations Kerry!

Kerry Burrows completed the Health Education England-Wessex Frailty Fellowship Programme.

19 December 2017
**Please note - telephone number change for Blood Test appointments at St Mary’s Community Campus **

The telephone number for Blood Test appointments at St Mary’s Community Campus in Portsmouth will be changing on the 22nd January 2018.

19 December 2017
HMS Sultan donate gifts to young patients at QA Hospital

Thank you to HMS Sultan for visiting the children’s ward at QA Hospital today.

19 December 2017
Sam is preventing the spread of flu this year

This will be the third year in a row that Sam, an advanced urology nurse practitioner, has been a workplace flu vaccinator.

18 December 2017
Temporary road closure outside the Emergency Department

Please note that due to current high demand the road directly outside of the Emergency Department (encompassing ambulance drop off points), has been closed until further notice.

18 December 2017
Christmas Carers Café

This morning was the Christmas Carers Café meeting.

18 December 2017
Pharmacy opening times for Christmas and the New Year

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is reminding the public to ensure they have adequate supplies of prescription medicines ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

18 December 2017
Our Emergency Department here at Queen Alexandra Hospital is very busy.

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.

18 December 2017
Meet Liz, the only epilepsy nurse specialist for the district

“Epilepsy is a condition; it doesn’t define a child,” Children’s Epilepsy Nurse specialist, Liz says. She is campaigning to fight the stigma of Epilepsy in children.

16 December 2017
HCSW Open Day - Jan 2018

*A date for your diary - New Year New Job?*

15 December 2017
Learning and Development raise funds for Children in Need

Wonderful stuff! 

The Learning and Development Department have been raising money for the Children In Need Campaign again this year, and have raised a total of £163.74!

14 December 2017
QA staff takes part in ‘Elf Day’ to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

Last week, QA staff and Alzheimer’s Society put on their green elf suits to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society and spread awareness around dementia.

12 December 2017
When families are at their most vulnerable Dawn and her team are there

Dawn, who has been in charge of Bereavement Services at QA Hospital since 2002, knows that she and her staff meet families at their most vulnerable and when their feelings of grief are at their highest.

11 December 2017
QA staff tuck into delicious Christmas lunches

The exec team muscled in with the B-Level restaurant kitchen staff yesterday, handing out Christmas lunches to the staff.

07 December 2017

#ThrowbackThursday We have been looking back through our staff magazine archives and found these great pictures of when Portsmouth Football Club visited QA Hospital.

07 December 2017
Volunteers Christmas coffee morning

Volunteers enjoyed a Christmas coffee morning, to say thank you for all that they do for the Trust.

06 December 2017

If you would like to speak to someone about a chest or abdominal x-ray, which was taken in the Emergency Department during 2016 or 2107, then please do continue to call us on the number 0800 7837118 and you will be redirected to one of our team who will be able to answer your query.


06 December 2017

Please note that the Freephone helpline has now closed.

05 December 2017
Portsmouth High School pays a visit to QA Hospital

Portsmouth High School visited the hospital to sing Christmas carols

05 December 2017
Cast of Aladdin visited QA Hospitals children's ward today

Today, a few members of the Groundlings Theatre Company cast of Aladdin came into QA Hospital’s Paediatrics Department.

04 December 2017
CQC Radiology report helpline

For anyone concerned that they may be affected following our recent CQC radiology report, we have set up a freephone helpline – 08007837118.

01 December 2017
**Our response to the CQC inspection report: Radiology**

Here is our response to the CQC inspection report: Radiology and details of a Freephone helpline number

01 December 2017
Portsmouth nurse hosts first Peritoneal Dialysis Forum

Last week, the first National Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Forum for nurses took place at Oxford Kidney Unit.

30 November 2017
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust takes a delivery of a temporary mobile CT scanner

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust took a delivery of a temporary mobile CT scanner. This additional CT scanner has been brought on site to support the expected increase in demand for CT scans during the winter period.

30 November 2017
Starlight's panto performance in Paediatrics

Today, Starlight Children's Foundation performed 'Cinderella' to our young patients in Starfish ward.

29 November 2017
Renal Research Team reaches target

Congratulations to our renal research team for reaching their recruitment target of 58 patients for the Don’t Itch Trial.

29 November 2017
It is 40 years since Julie started her career at Portsmouth Hospitals

It is 40 years since Julie started her career here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust as a keen and dedicated student nurse in 1977.

28 November 2017
Congratulations to Simon Johnston for his 40 years of service

Congratulations to Simon Johnston for his 40 years of service, which has been acknowledged at the hospital’s Best People’s Awards 

27 November 2017
Keep a look out for workplace vaccinator, Melanie

Haven’t had your flu jab yet? Then keep a look out for workplace vaccinator, Melanie, on the maternity wards.

27 November 2017
People with diabetes are being urged to have the flu vaccine

People with diabetes are being urged to have the flu vaccine to reduce their risk of developing serious complications arising from flu infections. Complications can include pneumonia, inflammation of the heart, brain and muscle tissues and even multi-organ failure.

24 November 2017
Staff: Get your flu vaccination

Chloe Smith, a staff nurse, is one of the workplace flu vaccinators on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

24 November 2017
**Calling all knitters!**

We are appealing to all of our keen knitters around the Portsmouth area to get their knitting supplies ready for our Christmas Stocking Appeal.

24 November 2017
Would you ever brave the shave?

Our colleague Krista Bukata, Clerical Officer in Diagnostic Imaging, here at QA Hospital, is braving the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support this December.

24 November 2017
Good-bye, Karen!

Working for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust for 21 years, Karen Oakley a Clinical Nurse Specialist, is now moving onto her next adventure.

24 November 2017
Patient William celebrates 100th birthday

QA Hospital Patient William Marshall celebrated his 100th birthday today!

21 November 2017
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Congratulations to the Women and Children’s Administration Team

Congratulations to Claire Butcher and the Women and Children’s Administration Team of Jane Hartley, Karen Mattock, Karen Fox and Jacqueline Molyneaux who have  been nominated as ‘Best Support’ at this year’s Best People’s Awards for their contribution to the smooth running of both the Gynaecology and Children’s wards.

20 November 2017
Two of our Occupational Therapy Assistants have been accepted for funding for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care on the Allied Health pathway through Southampton Solent University!

The Occupational Therapy Service are pleased that two of our Occupational Therapy Assistants have been accepted for funding for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care on the Allied Health pathway through Southampton Solent University!

20 November 2017
Congratulations to 18 year old Danielle Skinner who has been shortlisted as the ‘Best Apprentice’ in this year’s Best People’s Awards

Danielle joined the Support Services Team in Pathology in September 2016 as a Business Administration apprentice at the age of 16, straight from school, but has since become a valued member of the team, leading to Support Services offering her a substantive Band 2 position.


20 November 2017
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“When my 23 month-old son Arlo swallowed a 5p coin I was advised to go to QA’s Emergency Department – and I have something that I want to tell you about it…”

Angela Markwick from Southsea was busy doing the mum thing of running around ready for a Saturday afternoon trip to the woods, when she suddenly noticed that her 23-month-old son Arlo had something in his mouth.

20 November 2017
Friday 30th November 2012 is a date that Bill will never forget.

Bill and his wife Janice had both been feeling unwell. He had the flu; Janice had headaches and didn’t quite feel like herself. That Thursday Bill and Janice went to bed convinced they were both suffering from the same ailment.

20 November 2017
Teddy bear picnic for NICU babies

To celebrate World Prematurity Day, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) today held a teddy bears picnic in the Oasis Centre.

17 November 2017
Christmas present appeal for our older patients

Christmas is just around the corner and we know that for some of our older patients staying in hospital over the festive period they may not have any close family or friends visiting them, and may not receive any presents on Christmas day.

14 November 2017
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QA Hospital and CEO Mark Cubbon will be launching our new volunteer team “Happy to Chat” with afternoon tea in our Main Entrance on Friday 24 November 2017 at 2:30 pm.

The “Happy to Chat” volunteer team has been developed  to help family carers who look after a relative or friend, who without that support would not be able to cope at home. 

13 November 2017
Congratulations to Clinical Librarian, Fari Mashumba, who has been shortlisted as ‘Best Support’ in the Portsmouth Hospitals Best People awards.

Joining the Trust from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 2014, Fari was tasked with setting up the Clinical Librarian Service.

13 November 2017
Critical care unit take on 'Movember' challenge

This month is ‘Movember’ and 15 of our colleagues from the critical care unit have put a slight twist on the annual event this year.

12 November 2017
Remembrance Day at QA Hospital

QA Hospital fell silent as our staff, DMGS colleagues, patients and visitors paid their respects to those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom and future.

10 November 2017
Theresa Murphy has been appointed Chief Nurse of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Theresa Murphy has been appointed Chief Nurse of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.  She has an impressive career, first qualifying in general nursing in 1987 then specialising in several areas including Renal, Cardiac, Neuroscience and Critical Care nursing.

10 November 2017
#Did you know we work alongside our military personnel here at QA

The mutual relationship between the Ministry of Defence, in the form of Defence Medical Group (South) and the hospital Trust remains as important as ever. 

10 November 2017
QA Hospital Staff attend Makaton training session

Last week 14 staff members from across Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust attended a Makaton training session which was held in the Carillion meeting room.

10 November 2017
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Did you know that a team of men and women across Hampshire volunteer their time to courier medical supplies around the country, saving the NHS a fortune?

The team of unsung heroes– or more commonly known as the ‘Blood Runners,’ work over seven days a week at no cost to the NHS, covering over 102,530 miles across Hampshire, South Wiltshire and Dorset last year alone.

08 November 2017
Team develops early mortality risk prediction tool for intensive care

A new method for early mortality prediction in intensive care units (ICUs) has been published today by a team from the University of Portsmouth and Queen Alexandra Hospital.

07 November 2017
Sharon Pipe, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust's Lead Nurse for Falls, organised Trust's own Falls Prevention Week

Sharon has been with the Trust for 18 months and she always thought that the issue of fall prevention was so important that it should have a week of its own to be highlighted and promoted. Not one to sit back, she did just that.

06 November 2017
Bake-Off in the Pathology Centre

For National Pathology Week, a Bake-Off was hosted in the Pathology Centre this morning.

06 November 2017
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed two respected leaders in the Dementia Carer Voices Campaign

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed two respected leaders in the Dementia Carer Voices Campaign to present two informative sessions to over 100 QA Hospital Staff at the Oasis Centre on Friday 3rd November.

03 November 2017
A Service of Remembrance to be held at QA Hospital – 10 November 2017

A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Atrium of QA Hospital on Friday 10 November between 10.50am and approximately 11.15am to recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.

03 November 2017
National Stress Awareness Day

Promoting self well-being to all of our staff on National Stress Awareness Day today was Kelly Merriman, Mental Health Nurse.

01 November 2017
Unsung Hero Awards 2017

Nominate your NHS unsung hero!

01 November 2017
QA Hospital ranked top for hip fracture care

In 2016, QA Hospital treated 749 patients with hip fracture and was ranked top in terms of numbers of patients receiving Best Practice Tariff and was the only hospital to achieve top quartile in all rated assessments.

01 November 2017
Inspirational eight-year-old Leukaemia patient raises £20,000 in year one for his charity, ‘Kicking Cancer for Charlie’

Charlie and his family started their charity, Kicking Cancer for Charlie, after he was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2014. After just one year the charity has raised £20,000, donating all of its proceeds to the ‘Cancer and Leukemia Group’ who research children’s cancer.

31 October 2017
Digital portal letters now sent to patients

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is one of four Trusts in the country to roll out digital appointment letters which allows patients to receive and respond to their appointment letters digitally using their smartphones.

31 October 2017
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Portsmouth boy with several rare medical conditions, jets to America for dream holiday after doctor nomination

When Kate Riggs fell pregnant after five years of trying she couldn’t believe her luck, but two babies later and both children were diagnosed with a rare growth condition that would dramatically change the family’s life.

30 October 2017
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Portsmouth celebrates hospital services at Westminster

Portsmouth MP, Penny Mordaunt, joined staff from Portsmouth Hospitals at Westminster on Thursday 26 October to celebrate the care provided by Portsmouth and SE Hants Trauma and Orthopaedic service.

30 October 2017
Mark Cubbon awarded Merlin Pass to a very excited Lucy

Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive, awarded a Merlin Pass to a very excited Lucy Brazier this afternoon following the competition she won on the open day!

27 October 2017
Dance for Arthritis!

14 patients, their partners and staff from the Department of Rheumatology are about to complete their six week ballroom class next week.

26 October 2017
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Our employee of the month is Sister Kerry Gilbert, Emergency Department

Kerry was nominated by Sarah Shore, Associate Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children at the NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.

26 October 2017
Professor Brian Dolan attends Memory Lane relaunch

The Memory Lane room, which is located in a Medicine for Older People Ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, has been re-launched and officially opened with its first official visitor being Professor Brian Dolan. 

26 October 2017
People are being urged to protect themselves against the flu virus

The advice follows the launch of the NHS England and Public Health England national ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign to encourage the flu vaccination and a healthy lifestyle throughout the winter months.  

25 October 2017
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Did you know that this month is National Cholesterol Month?

Did you know that this month is National Cholesterol Month, when the entire month is devoted to raising awareness of the dangers of high Cholesterol?

24 October 2017
The Annual League of Friends Art Competition

Brian Kidd, BBC Solent Gardener, came to Queen Alexandra Hospital this morning to judge the Annual League of Friends Art Competition.

24 October 2017
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Portsmouth Rheumatology staff host Longleat family fun day to educate about living with arthritis

The Department of Rheumatology Staff hosted over 15 tables of children’s games and crafts at Centre Parc’s Longleat on Sunday, whilst parents living with arthritis and connective tissues attended a number of short presentations aimed at providing help and advice for coping strategies after diagnosis or arthritis and connective tissue diseases, heating healthily and staying active.

24 October 2017
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Audiology graduate Layla, cannot praise university course enough for landing her a dream job at the hospital!

Layla Mohamed has achieved her dream of working in the medical industry, in a role that she says is rewarding and enjoyable.

23 October 2017
Congratulations to the 'Best People' awards finalists!


Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust receives many awards and accolades for the services it provides. We would like to congratulate the below members of staff that have been selected as finalists for the 2017 ‘Best People Awards’.



23 October 2017
Diane Urquhart part of NHS digital campaign

Diane Urquhart the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children chosen to be QA Hospital’s champion with NHS digital

23 October 2017
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
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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
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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
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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
11 July 2017
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Ten for Ten!
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
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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
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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
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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

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