Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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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…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


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.

Staff Car Parking

Last updated: 27 June 2022

There have been some changes to the staff parking at Queen Alexandra Hospital, following the government's withdrawal of free parking in hospital car parks for NHS staff in March 2022.

Here at PHU, this has meant the Trust has reintroduced charging for on-site staff parking at Queen Alexandra Hospital from May 2022 and have considered all available travel options for staff.

As part of improvement works to the site, including the development of the new Emergency Department, PHU colleagues are asked to apply for an on-site parking permit based on six points of eligibility criteria, developed with the staff engagement group.

The criteria for an on site staff parking permit at QAH is as follows:

  • Regular shift pattern falling outside of the Trust’s park and ride service operating times: with ‘regular’ being defined as three or more shifts during a four week period, and ‘outside of
    park and ride’ being interpreted as shifts starting before 6.30am and finishing after 8.30pm (the Fort Southwick facility operates between 5:.0am and 9.20pm). Validation would be through
    HealthRoster.
  • Staff who hold a disabled blue badge or current occupational health assessment requiring on-site parking: Occupational Health teams will continue to promote the ‘flat level parking‘ at the
    park and ride to ensure those who most need on-site parking are eligible.
  • Staff who are resident on the QAH site (e.g. QAH staff residences is their home).
  • Staff who are regularly required to use their own vehicle for work purposes (e.g. clinic staff who work at one of our satellite sites, carrying equipment between sites, undertaking patient
    visits, attending off-site meetings): ‘regular’ would be defined as more than once per week and validated where possible.
  • Staff whose normal daily journey to work takes over 60 minutes by car and where there is no other viable alternative (e.g. public transport): this recognises clear feedback from staff
    engagement, with journey times to be assessed against all reasonable sustainable alternatives where they are no more than 15 minutes longer.
  • Staff who are able to demonstrate regular unpredictability in their daily work patterns: this will include staff who are ‘on-call’ as well as those who often work extended days without prior
    notice.

Volunteers will continue to be offered free parking within our on-site public and visitor on-site capacity.

All staff are able to apply for on-site parking permits by completing a short application form to assess eligibility. The application process will open on Monday 27 June 2022 and close on Sunday 31 July 2022.

All individuals who hold a current staff parking permit have been sent a letter with further detail, which can be viewed here. 

 

To apply for an on site staff parking permit, please complete this online form

 

On-site staff parking charges remain differentiated by salary level, with a pro-rata application for part-time staff.

 

The Trust continues not to charge for specific on-site hospital concessions, including for staff working overnight shifts (commencing after 3.30pm Monday to Friday), weekends and bank holidays. All staff are eligible to park without charge within the Trust’s limited on-site staff car parking areas at QAH after 3.30pm Monday to Friday and also at weekends and on bank holidays. Our night and weekend staff therefore have free access to on-site staff parking at times when the site is usually less congested.

 

Plans to promote a greater flexibility of travel options for staff:

The Trust has recently published its Travel Plan and is committed to the promotion of alternative sustainable modes of travel in support of our ambition to deliver a net carbon zero NHS. This follows two stages of staff engagement during 2021 and more recently, with regards to the prioritisation of on-site parking eligibility as already described above. Click here to view the Travel Plan. 

In the meantime if you have any queries about the parking or travel to work options available to you, please contact the Trust’s Travel, Transport and Car Parking Team on 023 9228 6848 or via carparking@porthosp.nhs.uk.

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