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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.

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Chief Executive's Message

Chief Executive Weekly Message - Sunday 9 February 2020

Date: 10 February 2020

m cubbon

Dear colleagues,

Many of you will know that for some time we have been waiting for a date when the refurbishment of the retail space on A-level will commence. The refurbishment will see the existing footprint occupied by Costa and the Amigo shop being reconfigured, with Costa being extended to create more seating and serving capacity, in response to increasing demand. Once the work is complete, Costa will be open 24hrs per day, increasing the availability of hot food on site for those working nights. The works are scheduled to start on 24th February and will take approximately six weeks to complete. During this period, Costa will continue to operate, but Amigo will provide a reduced service, selling essential items only. This development will allow us to improve the facilities on offer to us all, to our patients and our visitors.

As one of the largest organisations in Portsmouth, it's important that we take steps to protect our environment and increasingly, there are many opportunities for us to do so, working with our many partners. As an example of this, we have recently signed the NHS Single Use Plastics Reduction Campaign Pledge, signaling our commitment as an organisation to reducing the use of single-use plastics and helping the environment. The pledge forms part of an environmental sustainability programme in the NHS, following commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Working with our partners on-site including Engie, we are committing to:

  • no longer purchase single-use plastic stirrers and straws, except where a person has a specific need, by April 2020
  • no longer purchase single-use plastic cutlery, plates or single-use cups made of expanded polystyrene or oxo-degradable plastics by April 2021
  • go beyond these commitments in reducing single-use plastic food containers and other plastic cups for drinks by April 2021

We’ve already started to progress some of the actions supporting this initiative and we're committed to doing what we can to support the environment. This pledge is part of a wider programme of environmentally friendly initiatives we are looking to make over the next weeks and months. We will be looking to get your ideas as we develop plans and as we implement them, so do keep an eye out for updates via Trust Talk.

Perhaps more than ever, there’s a growing need to support those who are homeless and I was pleased to hear of a new service which is helping homeless people who attend or are admitted to our hospital, by working to ensure that they have a place to go to when they have received all of the acute care they need. In order to achieve this we are working closely with our local health and care partners, including Portsmouth City Council, who are leading this initiative following a successful bid for Government funding. It means that a specialist worker from homeless charity Two Saints is now on duty seven days a week at QA to provide support. The project, which began last week, will run for an initial three month period. For further information, please contact Nigel Kee, Interim Chief Operating Officer at nigel.kee@porthosp.nhs.uk.

As ever, thank you for all you do.

 

Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive

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