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.

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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.

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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.

Medical Physics Department

Last updated: 09 October 2019

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The Medical Physics Dept. comprises Radiotherapy Physics, Radiological Sciences, and Nuclear Medicine Physics sections. It also includes Bone Densitometry and a Radiation Protection function. Services of the Medical Physics Dept. may be referred to by any of these names.

The Portsmouth Medical Physics department provides specialist scientific and technical services to many clinical services within Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and other healthcare providers. We provide full scientific and technical support for the safe introduction and use of new imaging, treatment and clinical modalities.

We provide a direct access Bone Densitometry (DXA) service and non-imaging diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in support of cancer and other therapies.

Research activities are undertaken in Radiological Sciences, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine Physics, imaging and in support of developing techniques as part of portfolio studies. We also have links with the University of Portsmouth and Surrey University and have involvement in international research projects.

Our teaching commitments include MScs, PhDs, FRCR, Imaging Physics, and lecturing, teaching and project supervision for University of Portsmouth and University of Surrey. Our scientists and technicians are encouraged to publish and present their work at national and international conferences. We also organise short courses including for radiation protection supervisors, radiation protection in dentistry. We also contribute to clinical courses and study days.

We are accredited as a training centre with a long established track record in training healthcare scientists. Training and development are key priorities for us.

If you have an unmet clinical scientific, technical or engineering need, a problem that needs an innovative solution, then there will be someone here who may be able to help.

Opening hours

Core office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, many specific scientific and technical services are performed outside of these times and at weekends.

Referral information

For bone densitometry service, patients are referred to us from their GP or Consultant.

Where to find us

Lift area 7 at QA Hospital.

Contact information

General contact for Medical Physics: Heather White, Medical Physics Dept reception, 02392 286000 ext. 3706

Main admin and offices for Medical Physics Dept located on F level QA Hospital, additional offices located on B level QA Hospital.

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