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A stay in hospital can be a daunting time for anyone whether it is for a short or long time. But having someone with you can help you recover and make you feel more at ease.

Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting.

At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.

We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.

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.

Chief Executive's Message

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - 19 January 2018

    22 January 2018

    In a week where the headlines have been dominated by news of Carillion, I would like to pay special tribute to colleagues in our Facilities Management services. Following the announcement on Monday, each and every member of support staff has continued to come to work, ensuring that there has been no disruption for our patients.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - 12 January 2018

    15 January 2018

    As the week has progressed we have seen some improvement in the capacity within the hospital which has been the result of an enormous amount of work across all departments and among our local partner organisations. Whilst I suspect things will continue to be challenging for a number of weeks ahead, this demonstrates what can be achieved by everyone pulling together.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - 12 January 2018

    15 January 2018

    As the week has progressed we have seen some improvement in the capacity within the hospital which has been the result of an enormous amount of work across all departments and among our local partner organisations. Whilst I suspect things will continue to be challenging for a number of weeks ahead, this demonstrates what can be achieved by everyone pulling together.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - 05 January 2018

    08 January 2018

    I would like to start by wishing you a very happy New Year. I hope that you had some time over the festive period to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

  • Chief Executive weekly message - 05 January 2018

    08 January 2018

    I would like to start by wishing you a very happy New Year. I hope that you had some time over the festive period to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 24 December 2017

    27 December 2017

    Following a challenging start to the week, there has been a tremendous team effort to rally around and respond to the emerging winter pressures. We have seen the incidence of Flu increase over the past two weeks and we know this will increase further over the weeks ahead. If you have not yet had your Flu jab, I would encourage you to do so as soon as possible through our Occupational Health team.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 24 December 2017

    27 December 2017

    Following a challenging start to the week, there has been a tremendous team effort to rally around and respond to the emerging winter pressures. We have seen the incidence of Flu increase over the past two weeks and we know this will increase further over the weeks ahead. If you have not yet had your Flu jab, I would encourage you to do so as soon as possible through our Occupational Health team.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 17 December 2017

    18 December 2017

    I need to start by acknowledging the enormity of the pressures we have been dealing with this week and thanking each and every one of you for the role you have played in responding to them. This is the time of year when we start to see patients presenting with a variety of seasonal related conditions and when plans are put in place across the local system to deal with the additional pressures.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 17 December 2017

    18 December 2017

    I need to start by acknowledging the enormity of the pressures we have been dealing with this week and thanking each and every one of you for the role you have played in responding to them. This is the time of year when we start to see patients presenting with a variety of seasonal related conditions and when plans are put in place across the local system to deal with the additional pressures.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 10 December 2017

    11 December 2017

    We’ve had a number of visitors to the QA site this week, all of whom have been keen to hear about the improvements we are making and our preparations for winter. On Thursday, Philip Dunne MP and Minister of State for Health visited along with one of our local MPs, Penny Mordaunt - recently appointed Secretary of State for International Development. The Minister for Health met with a group of front-line staff in order to hear more about what it’s like to work here at Portsmouth. The feedback from the Minister was positive and I’d like to thank those who were involved in planning and participating on the day.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 10 December 2017

    11 December 2017

    We’ve had a number of visitors to the QA site this week, all of whom have been keen to hear about the improvements we are making and our preparations for winter. On Thursday, Philip Dunne MP and Minister of State for Health visited along with one of our local MPs, Penny Mordaunt - recently appointed Secretary of State for International Development. The Minister for Health met with a group of front-line staff in order to hear more about what it’s like to work here at Portsmouth. The feedback from the Minister was positive and I’d like to thank those who were involved in planning and participating on the day.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 02 December 2017

    04 December 2017

    As you will have seen from the note I circulated on Thursday and the media coverage yesterday, the CQC published their report into our Radiology service following a review undertaken in July of this year.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 02 December 2017

    04 December 2017

    As you will have seen from the note I circulated on Thursday and the media coverage yesterday, the CQC published their report into our Radiology service following a review undertaken in July of this year.

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 26 November 2017

    27 November 2017

    I would like to start by congratulating all of those who were nominated or received awards during this year’s Best People awards.  Representatives from 49 different teams attended the Guildhall on Thursday and it was an honour to recognise so many people identified by colleagues and patients for their individual or team achievements.  I took the opportunity to thank all staff working at the Trust for their hard work and their commitment to delivering the very best care for every patient each and every day. 

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 26 November 2017

    27 November 2017

    I would like to start by congratulating all of those who were nominated or received awards during this year’s Best People awards.  Representatives from 49 different teams attended the Guildhall on Thursday and it was an honour to recognise so many people identified by colleagues and patients for their individual or team achievements.  I took the opportunity to thank all staff working at the Trust for their hard work and their commitment to delivering the very best care for every patient each and every day. 

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 17 November 2017

    20 November 2017

    Many of you will know we have had a very challenging week this week due to sustained urgent care pressures. At the early part of the week we experienced severe pressures in our ED with some patients experiencing very lengthy waits to be admitted and an unacceptably long wait for ambulance handovers. 

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 17 November 2017

    20 November 2017

    Many of you will know we have had a very challenging week this week due to sustained urgent care pressures. At the early part of the week we experienced severe pressures in our ED with some patients experiencing very lengthy waits to be admitted and an unacceptably long wait for ambulance handovers. 

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 12 November 2017

    13 November 2017

    On Monday I had the pleasure of presenting an update on our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) at a further public meeting in Portsmouth. The meeting was very well attended, with a great deal of interest from members of the public to hear about the challenges we face, the progress we are making with our QIP and our plans for the future. Such discussions allow an honest and frank debate about our commitment and determination to deliver the very best care for every patient. I look forward to attending the next round of meetings in 2018.

     

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 12 November 2017

    13 November 2017

    On Monday I had the pleasure of presenting an update on our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) at a further public meeting in Portsmouth. The meeting was very well attended, with a great deal of interest from members of the public to hear about the challenges we face, the progress we are making with our QIP and our plans for the future. Such discussions allow an honest and frank debate about our commitment and determination to deliver the very best care for every patient. I look forward to attending the next round of meetings in 2018.

     

  • Chief Executive's weekly message - 5 November 2017

    06 November 2017

    I had great pleasure in meeting more of you at Monday’s Meet Mark session.  Thank you to those who attended and shared examples of changes that they had made that they were proud of, whether they were for the benefit of patients or staff or both.  It is really important that we make time to reflect on the positive interactions we make each day, as these can often be forgotten as we focus on the challenges.

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