Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Building Better Emergency Care

Last updated: 04 November 2019

We’re making improvements every day and building a bright future.

On some days over 400 people come to our A&E for care. The number varies significantly from day to day and has been increasing. Last year we saw over 16,000 more people than we did five years ago. Many are seen and treated quickly, but some people wait too long.

Our A&E is forty years old as was not designed for the number of patients we now see. In addition, we need to make sure beds and services are always available elsewhere in the hospital and community for ongoing care once patients have been seen and treated in A&E.

Our plans

We are:

  • Re-designing how we organise emergency care and investing £58 million to upgrade our A&E and emergency care facilities.
  • Continually improving how we work day-to-day in A&E and emergency care.
  • Streamlining the ‘flow’ of patients through the hospital, minimising delays in tests, treatment and discharge.
  • Working with other health and care services to make sure people have appropriate alternatives to A&E and the right services are in place when people no longer need hospital care.

Stay updated and get involved

Over the coming months we’ll be inviting patients and the public to help inform the design of our new services and facilities. If you would like to be kept updated or get involved, please email us at bbec@porthosp.nhs.uk.

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