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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 - Sunday 18 August 2019

    19 August 2019

    I enjoyed being out and about this week as part of the Executive Team’s ‘Working Together’ programme. The main purpose is to see and hear how things are going for you as individuals, but also for your teams and services

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 11 August 2019

    12 August 2019

    This week I was able to spend time with our IT team at our Rodney Road site and as ever, was hugely impressed by their motivation, enthusiasm and focus

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 04 August 2019

    05 August 2019

    I was delighted to join the Research and Innovation Team on Monday to celebrate the end of the Vision D study. The trial involved using an iPad camera and advanced software to detect the vital signs of patients by simply taking a photo

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 28 July 2019

    29 July 2019

    This week has seen temperatures rise across the country and indeed, here at Portsmouth. It was clear as I’ve been out and about this week, that although we have all been affected by the weather in some way, there are parts of the hospital, notably in the older parts of our estate, where it has been incredibly uncomfortable for patients and many members of staff

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Saturday 13 July 2019

    15 July 2019

    I was contacted recently by Carley Young, who was originally a Healthcare Support Worker in our fracture clinic who went on to train to be a Registered Nurse with us

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Monday 08 July 2019

    08 July 2019

    This week we launched our ‘Working Together’ campaign focused on our Trust values, celebrating why they are important and how they make a difference to the care we provide to our patients

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 30 June 2019

    01 July 2019

    This week I spent some time with our Macmillan Information and Support Centre team. Having spent time with them before, I have always been impressed by the support they provide to our patients and their loved ones, when they have received a cancer diagnosis and are preparing for, and receiving, their treatment

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 23 June 2019

    25 June 2019

    On Monday the second cohort of PHT Change Agents attended our Board development session to provide feedback on the work they have been leading throughout Phase 2 of our culture change programme, which is now drawing to an end

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 16 June 2019

    17 June 2019

    Earlier in the week I joined the second meeting of our Research and Innovation Steering Group with colleagues from across the Trust and the University of Portsmouth. 

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 07 June 2019

    10 June 2019

    A central part of our Trust strategy is focused on working together with our partners to strengthen relationships and look for opportunities where we can deliver improvements for our patients

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 02 June 2019

    03 June 2019

    At the end of last week we celebrated the end of the first intake of our ‘Beyond Boundaries’ programme which focuses on improving the work experience and leadership development of our BAME staff

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 24 May 2019

    24 May 2019

    Throughout the past weeks there has been sustained pressure across the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire ‘local system’, as we respond to an increase in the number of patients requiring access to urgent care services, and ensure the timely discharge of patients into the community once they are ready to leave

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 17 May 2019

    20 May 2019

    Today I was delighted to attend our second annual Patient Safety conference hosted by our Medical Director, Dr John Knighton. We were fortunate to have two incredibly powerful presentations from our speakers, Dr Chris Turner of the Civility Saves Lives campaign, and our incoming Chief Nurse, Liz Rix

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 12 May 2019

    13 May 2019

    On Wednesday we hosted our second Trust wide Quality Review which is now an integral part of our quality governance process. The reviews aim to provide a snapshot assessment of how quality of care is being delivered against the CQC key lines of enquiry; Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well Led

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 03 May 2019

    13 May 2019

    Throughout April, the demand for our urgent care services has remained high and this week has been no exception. This is a trend that has been seen across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and across the country more generally

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Thursday 18 April 2019

    25 April 2019

    This week we were fortunate to host a visit from Baroness Dido Harding, Chair of NHS Improvement and Anne Eden, Regional Director for NHS England/Improvement

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 14 April 2019

    16 April 2019

    This week I was delighted to learn that our learning disability liaison team have received their ‘Rhino Sensory Voyager Trolley’, a state of the art piece of equipment that will help to support those patients who may find a hospital appointment a stressful experience

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Saturday 06 April 2019

    09 April 2019

    Last week I mentioned some of the measures we are taking to reduce our nursing vacancies across the Trust. Part of our approach includes expanding the breadth of roles we have available and on Tuesday we celebrated the qualification of six Nursing Associates who completed their foundation degree with Solent University at the end of March and are now awaiting their NMC registration

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 29 March 2019

    29 March 2019

    On Wednesday evening I attended the last in our most recent series of public meetings. As you might expect there were some common themes across all of the discussions, including the pressure on the hospital during winter and the staffing challenges we face in some areas, as do many other Trusts across the country

  • Chief Executive Weekly Message - Friday 22 March 2019

    25 March 2019

    This week has been a fantastic week for recognition of our teams, with news of awards received in three separate areas

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