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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. 

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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 27 October 2019

Date: 27 October 2019


Dear colleague, 

Our fourth Leadership Summit was held just over a week ago and focused on the importance of inclusive leadership. I’m delighted that over 150 leaders from across the Trust engaged in the event, taking time out to connect with colleagues across a range of disciplines and departments, sharing personal stories and experiences. It’s important that we’re an inclusive organisation, so that we’re able to embrace the richness and diversity we have across the Trust, enabling us all to be the very best we can be, for ourselves, and for our patients. I also believe it’s important to have a workforce which is representative of the community we serve and a leadership team which reflects the diversity of all who work at PHT. There is much more for us to do on that front and it will take time to realise our ambitions, but I’m personally committed to ensuring we make real improvements in this area. 

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending our second Improving Value workshop, where divisional, care group and colleagues from corporate teams came together to consider opportunities for next years cost improvement programme. There was great engagement throughout the day with some fantastic ideas for future improvements which will enable us to invest in areas that are important to our patients and for the development of our services. Many thanks to Dr Matthew Wood, Divisional Director for Clinical Delivery and Clinical Director for Finance, supported by Emily Powell and the team from the PMO who organised and ran such a successful workshop.

I was very pleased to receive notification from NHS England and Improvement that they wish to work with us to find a funding solution to the replacement of two CT scanners and three mammography units, which is part of a national drive to replace diagnostic equipment which is more than ten years old. We’re already in the process of determining the best route to replace some of our most used and older diagnostic imaging equipment, so this offer of support is most welcome.

I suspect many of you will know that the annual Great South Run was held in Southsea last weekend and it was great to see more than 120 of our colleagues taking part. This year, we teamed up with the event organisers for the first time to encourage all at PHT to sign up as part of a range of initiatives in place to support our health and wellbeing. I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the 5km and 10-mile runs for their fantastic efforts and for providing inspiration to the rest of us, ahead of next years run!

You’ll recall from last week’s message that I referred to a health and wellbeing brochure which was under development. This has since been finalised and is attached here. Please do take a moment to read it and share amongst your colleagues.

Our Flu vaccination programme is going well but we need to improve our uptake so we’re all protected ahead of the peak of the Flu season. 97% of the NICU team have been vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and the babies in their care, so they truly have set the bar high for other departments and services across PHT. More information on upcoming clinic times and workplace vaccinators who can visit your ward or department is available on the intranet. If you’re unsure how to be vaccinated, pleased speak to your line manager.

This week has been another exceptionally busy week right across the QA site and I’d like to thank everyone involved, including our system colleagues, for responding in such a positive way.


Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

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    Our fourth Leadership Summit was held just over a week ago and focused on the importance of inclusive leadership.

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