We know how important it is for patients and families to be able to see visitors. Please help us keep our patients and staff as safe as possible by checking the guidance below before you visiting.
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 Voluntary Services team can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.
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.”
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.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
Our Strategy – Working Together, Improving Together
Our strategy sets out our vision, values, strategic aims and most importantly, how we will deliver against these ambitions for our patients, communities, and people in the future.
It is not just a document, it is for and about everyone at PHU, building on what we have achieved with a renewed focus on continuous improvement and the need to continue to work together and improve together to achieve our goals.
A full copy of the strategy can be downloaded here.
For more information, please visit our strategy webpage.
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.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Last updated: 27 August 2020
To view the latest visiting guidance for the maternity department, including attending scans and appointments, please click here.
Women can self refer by completing the maternity self referral form.
Visit the Maternity Services Site for more information
The Multiple Birth Team won the Working as One Team award and the Quality Improvement Award at the 2019 Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
Congratulations. We hope that you find the following information helpful.
Once you are pregnant and this has been confirmed by a positive pregnancy test, you can self refer to our service for care. Please complete the maternity self referral form and send it to the relevant email address. You do not have to see your GP first.
Screening tests are used to find people at a higher chance of a health condition. Whether or not to have each test is a personal choice that only the individual invited for screening can make.
We offer all pregnant women screening tests during pregnancy to look for certain health conditions that could harm them or their baby.
Please click on the link for information on the screening tests that will be offered to you. You can discuss them further when the midwife contacts you to discuss your booking with the maternity service.
If you would like further information, please see the Antenatal results and Choices website.
Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, low birthweight, premature births and small poorly babies.
To give up smoking if you are a Hampshire resident, contact Smokefree Hampshire on 01264 563039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portsmouth residents can contact contact Portsmouth Wellbeing service on 023 9229 4001 or email email@example.com
Advice about alcohol in pregnancy can get confusing – the simplest line is to not drink while you’re pregnant. Alcohol passes from the mother’s blood across the placenta to the developing baby. Alcohol in the baby’s blood can interfere with his or her oxygen and nutrient supply, leading to birth defects, reduced growth and long-term learning and behaviour problems
Stillbirths are also more common in women who drink heavily. Drinking alcohol at critical times in the baby’s development, heavy (‘binge’) drinking and frequent drinking increase the likelihood that the baby will be affected
The safest way to ensure your baby is not damaged by alcohol is to not drink while you’re pregnant. If you are finding it hard to stop drinking, ask for help from your midwife or GP. They will be able to refer you for special support
Start taking folic acid and vitamin D supplements. Folic acid needs to be taken for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
You need to take at least 400 micrograms of folic acid, but if the below applies you will need to take 5mg of folic acid which you can get on prescription from your GP:
You need to take a 10 microgram supplement of Vitamin D daily for the duration of your pregnancy.
Most foods and drinks are safe to have during pregnancy. But there are some things you should be careful with or avoid. This link will take you to the NHS website that will give you the most up to date information.
All pregnant women are offered seasonal flu vaccination, as they are at increased risk of severe illness if they get flu.
The seasonal flu vaccine can be given safely during any stage of pregnancy. At Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust we offer the flu vaccine in our maternity outpatient department on B Level, Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm (not bank holidays).
The Flu season is normally from the end of September to the end of February.
Pregnant women can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis). Having the vaccination helps protect your baby from catching whooping cough in the first few weeks after they're born, as they will get some of the immunity from you.
The best time to have the whooping cough vaccine is between 20 weeks (after your scan) and 32 weeks. But if for any reason you miss having the vaccine, you can still have it up until you go into labour. You can have the vaccine in the maternity outpatient department after your anomaly scan.
Click here to read some FAQs about whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy.
Please click here to see the most up to date visiting guidance.
Lift area 2 at QA Hospital.
Located on B level at QA Hospital.
Ward B5 - 02392 286000 ext 3284
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