Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


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…

Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


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.

Hepatology

Last updated: 01 October 2019

C level map

The Portsmouth Liver Centre provides specialist care to people with liver conditions living in Portsmouth and it's surrounding area.

We offer a comprehensive service which includes:

  • Specialist inpatient and outpatient care for patients with complex liver disease
  • Community and hospital based Viral hepatitis treatment service
  • One stop clinics for NAFLD and Jaundice assessment
  • Locally based satellite Liver Transplant Clinic with the Royal Free Transplant Centre
  • Virtual Clinic monitoring of patients with Autoimmune liver disease
  • Follow up assessment clinics for patients with advanced liver disease facilitating early hospital discharge and to optimise medical management
  • Nurse led Paracentesis service
  • Transient elastography (Fibroscan evaluation to determine severity of liver damage)
  • Comprehensive hepatology clinical research trials programme
  • Inpatient support for patients in hospital with an alcohol related problem as well as inpatient support for patients in hospital who have been screened and identified as a high risk or dependent drinker.
  • Outpatient alcohol nurse clinic to support patients with an identified health providing nurse specialist intervention and detox from alcohol where appropriate.
  • TIPSS service in conjunction with Department of Radiology
  • NHS England specially commissioned service for advanced therapeutics of Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC).
  • Multidisciplinary management of liver and biliary cancers

 

Hepatology department information:

  • Short listed British Journal Nursing Liver Nurse of the Year award 2019
  • Alcohol Specialist Nursing Service recognised as exemplar model of alcohol care team by NHS England in the “NHS Long Term Plan” 2018
  • Consistently high performing clinical research team
  • Departmental members have contributed to numerous national medical and nursing quality improvement initiatives and clinical guidelines
  • Pioneering integrated primary and secondary care model for NAFLD assessment, with international recognition
  • Participating site in the Improving Quality of Liver Services (IQILS) accreditation programme
  • Highly commended Nurse of the year – Sue Atkins: Nursing Times Awards 2012
  • The Society of Acute Medicine 2012 – ‘Specialist Nurse Led Alcohol Teams can improve care, reduce bed stays and save money’
  • Alcohol Specialist Nurse Service – x5 PHT awards for best team and best nurse and x4 Portsmouth News and Portsmouth Mayor award for best team and best nurse.

 

Staff contact details

Consultant Hepatologists:

  • Dr Richard Aspinall - Secretary Wendy Harris 02392 286255 (available Monday am and Wednesday am)
  • Dr Andrew Fowell - Secretary Wendy Harris 02392 286255 (available Wednesday and Thursday pm)
  • Dr Joanna Dowman (available Monday and Tuesday am)
  • Dr Zeshan Riaz (available Monday am (Gosport) and Thursday am)

Hepatology Clinical Nurse Specialists:

  • Sr Karen Gamble
  • Sr Kirsty Fancey
  • Hepatology Associate Nurse Specialists
  • Sr Michelle Padgett
  • Sr Frances Harrop
  • Sr Victoria Webster
  • Hepatology Clinical Associate Fiona Leaves
  • Hepatology Administrator Deborah Ingram

Hepatology Research Team:

  • Sr Beverley Longhurst
  • Sr Melanie Willcox
  • Alison Dimmer

Alcohol Specialist Nurse Service

  • Snr Sr Sue Atkins
  • SSN Trudi Barrett
  • SSN Jane Whitty
  • SSN Nicholle Jones
  • SSN Laura Hire
  • Kathleen Clarke Administrator
  • Andreia Peterson Administrator

 

 

Services:

Consultant led Hepatology clinics

Monday Am- D Level Surgical Outpatients , Queen Alexandra Hospital and Gosport War memorial Hospital

Tuesday PM D Level Surgical Outpatients, Queen Alexandra Hospital

Wednesday AM D Level Surgical Outpatients, Queen Alexandra Hospital

Wednesday Pm D Level Fareham Community Hospital

Thursday All Day D Level Surgical Outpatients, Queen Alexandra Hospital

 

Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease (Nurse-led NAFLD clinic)

 

  • Monday 10-1400 Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
  • Tuesday 1400-1700 Portsmouth Liver Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital
  • Thursday 0900-1300 D level Surgical Outpatients, Queen Alexandra Hospital

 

Viral Hepatitis Treatment / Follow up Clinics

  • Monday am 09-1300 + pm 1400-1700hrs Portsmouth Liver Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital
  • Wednesday 1400-1700hrs Portsmouth Liver Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital
  • Friday 0900-1300hrs Portsmouth Liver Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital

 

Viral Hepatitis Outreach Clinics (all drop in clinic no appointment necessary for viral hepatitis screening and treatment only)

  • Campion House (Society St James Recovery Hub) Southsea Tuesdays am 930-1300 ( Drop-in Clinic)
  • Inclusion service Gosport - First Friday of every month 0900-1500hrs
  • Inclusion service Havant - First Wednesday of every month 0900-1200hrs
  • Inclusion service Fareham- Third Friday of every month 0900-1200hrs

 

Haemochromatosis Venesection Clinic 

Monday am, Wednesday am, Thursday am and pm.

 

Transient Elastography (Fibro-Scan) clinic

Monday am, Wednesday am, Thursday am and pm.

 

Weekly virtual clinic for monitoring Autoimmune hepatitis and Haemochromatosis

 

Daily Nurse led Paracentesis service for patients with Decompensated Liver cirrhosis

 

Nurse led ward Follow up clinics for patients with advanced liver disease

Tuesday and Thursday morning

 

Nurse led stable cirrhosis clinic

Wednesday and Thursday 1400-1700hrs

 

Combined satellite liver transplant clinic with team from Royal Free Hospital London

Every 8 weeks

 

Alcohol Specialist Nurse Service Outpatient Clinic

Outpatient clinic Mon-Sun (365 days) 0800-1600hrs c level AMU.

Supporting patients as an outpatient for detox from alcohol; including follow up care following inpatient treatment and integrating patients into community services for recovery support and other therapies where appropriate.

Opening hours

Hepatology Clinical Nurse Specialist Team: 8:30pm - 6:30pm, Monday to Friday

Alcohol Specialist Nurse Service: 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Sunday (including all weekends and bank holidays)

Referral information

Patients are referred via GP using e-Referral.

Patients with first presentation of ascites or other hepatic decompensation should be discussed with SpR for hepatology +/- hospital admission.

Self referral to viral hepatitis clinics at outreach recovery hubs.

Alcohol Specialist Nurse Service – Outpatient service: patients can be referred by their GP/consultant via email, phone call or letter. Any patients referred with no urgent health need will need to access the community teams who will liaise with the ASN S for referral if needed.

 

 

Where to find us

Lift area 4 at QA Hospital.

Contact information

Located on ward C5. Also available in D Level Surgical Outpatient Department (above North Entrance).

Contact telephone number/s:

Hepatology Nurses – 02392 286000 ext 3931, or mobile 07985 493879

On call Registrar for Hepatology: Bleep 1105, available Monday -Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Alcohol Specialist Nurses: 02392 286000 ext 5403

Consultant hepatology advice available via switch. 

Related wards

C5

Queen Alexandra Hospital

Directions

Lift area 4

Contact

02392 286000 ext. 4664

Back to top
Working together to drive excellence in care for our patients and communities Page feedback Tell us what you think

Get in touch

Queen Alexandra Hospital,
Cosham,
Portsmouth,
PO6 3LY

© 2020, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust