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Oasis - wellness centre

In May 2010, the Oasis wellness centre opened giving Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust staff the opportunity to become members of the centre and use the multi purpose gym and pool facilities on the Queen Alexandra Hospital site.

In July 2010, Oasis was officially opened by Steve Boorman, an occupational health physician who was commissioned by the NHS to write a paper about the health of NHS staff, after the Trust received £1.5m funding from NHS Plus three years ago to enhance the occupational health provision for staff.

Steve was amazed by the quality of Oasis, which incorporates a swimming pool, gym and treatment / therapy rooms for staff, and said that it was one of the best demonstration sites in the whole of the country and described oasis as the best of the best (of staff facilities in the NHS). This is a fantastic acclaim for all those involved in the conception and delivery of the project, and a great success for the Trust and will be noted at the highest levels in the Department of Health. 

At the opening, Ursula Ward, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: "We are focused on what is good for staff health and wellbeing and actively work with the JCNC to achieve this. We believe that where we have staff who feel well looked after, there is a positive effect on patient care”.

As a central resource for Portsmouth Hospitals’ Occupational Health and Safety Service (OH&SS), it allows the service to expand while it continues to provide high quality occupational health services to about 7,000 Portsmouth Hospitals Trust employees, PCT staff, as well as staff at more than 50 private and public sector organisations, ranging from charities and universities to commercial industries and including a number of smaller businesses.

The range of services delivered include sickness absence reduction strategies, health awareness, ill health prevention and the wellbeing of workers, including physiotherapy, rehabilitation, counseling, complementary therapy and advice on occupational health problems such as workplace asthma, back pain, stress, and issues such as obesity and smoking.

Jan Robinson, Occupational Health Manager, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Staff wellbeing is a key theme of the workforce strategy, which was approved by the Trust Board. Oasis the Wellness Centre is a fantastic opportunity to improve the wellbeing of staff and demonstrate the strategy in action.

"Good health is also good business.  In today's environment, providing greater access to health and wellbeing services for businesses in the community is even more important.  Sick pay reduces profits, covering for absent workers adds more pressure and loss of valued people decreases productivity and costs businesses money.  A business's employees are its most important asset and by looking after their health, productivity increases and staff morale improves.

"We would like to thank NHS Plus for their support and for enabling this project to happen. It will be a great benefit to our staff and the wider business community.”

Businesses in South East Hampshire and the local community are also able to benefit from oasis - the wellness centre - as there is a conference room that can be hired and there are a number of therapists working out of the centre offering health, beauty, complementary and rehabilitation treatments.

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