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Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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.

Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation

Last updated: 09 October 2019

F level map
  • Direct admission hyper acute stroke unit
  • Acute stroke unit
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuro rehabilitation
  • Community Stroke Rehab Team
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack clinic

The Stroke Service has undergone major service redesign in line with the national Stroke Strategy and continues to develop to meet best practice; we are the busiest Stroke Service in Wessex and the third busiest in England.

The Stroke Service (incl. CSRT) is subject to performance reporting via the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) which aims to improve the quality of stroke care by measuring both the structure and processes of stroke care against evidence based standards. These standards are informed by the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke, and national and local benchmarks. 

Getting here

Queen Alexandra Hospital

Map: Queen Alexandra Hospital

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY

By Car

From the West

Follow the M27 and use exit 12 (Cosham).
At the traffic lights, follow the road straight ahead (Southampton Road) towards Cosham.
Turn left at the 2nd set of traffic lights. 
At the traffic lights take the exit road left into Sevenoaks Road and bear right into the hospital main entrance.
The multi-storey car park will be on the left. The north car park is clearly signposted.
 From the North

Follow the A3M south to Junction 5.
At the motorway roundabout take the 3rd exit marked for Drayton/Cosham.
Follow this road until you reach the roundabout (Cosham).
Proceed straight across into Southampton Road.
At the 1st set of traffic lights turn right into Sevenoaks Road and bear right into the hospital main entrance.
The multi-storey car park will be on the left. The north car park is clearly signposted. 
 From the East

Follow the A27 westbound until you reach the junction marked Cosham.
At the roundabout take the 3rd exit marked for A3 Cosham (Northern Road).
Follow this road until you reach a further roundabout (Cosham).
Proceed straight across remaining on A3 Northern Road.
At the next roundabout take the 1st exit into Southampton Road.
At the 1st set of traffic lights turn right into Sevenoaks Road and bear right into the hospital main entrance.
The multi-storey car park will be on the left. The north car park is clearly signposted.

By bicycle

Portsmouth City Council has provided interactive maps on their website for people wishing to cycle to Queen Alexandra Hospital as part of their My Journey campaign. These maps can be accessed here

Please note there are a few cycle paths which lead directly to the hospital, however the main routes to the hospital will be via the roads mentioned on the routes above (for cars).

Bicycle Racks

Members of the public riding their bicycle to Queen Alexandra Hospital can leave it in one of more than 100 spaces for bikes. The bike areas are situated in the multi-storey car park and outside the North Entrance, Emergency Department and the Paediatric Emergency Department. The bicycle racks can also be viewed here on a map of our hospital site.

Bicycles are left at the owner’s own risk.


By Public Transport

By Bus

Services run frequently from Portsmouth city centre and surrounding areas, with some buses stopping within the hospital grounds and may be displayed on timetables as ‘Queen Alexandra Hospital’. Other buses stop near the hospital and you should look for stops near ‘Cosham’ if possible.

Please note that you should contact Portsmouth City Council and the Transport Commissioner if you wish to make a comment about any bus route change.

By Train

The nearest train station is ‘Cosham’. This is approximately 10-15 minutes walk from Queen Alexandra Hospital however it is uphill and if you suffer from any condition where this may affect you we would recommend using a local taxi or bus (numbers 8 and 11A). For further information visit or phone 08457 48 49 50.

Opening hours

Our ward based stroke and rehab teams operate 24/7 whilst our CSRT service provides visits 7 days per week based on clinical need. 

Our TIA clinic offers appointments 7 days per week (9:00am – 5:00pm on weekdays).

Referral information

The organisation of the service is evidence-based and guideline driven. The care offered to patients following stroke will vary according to severity, treatment decisions, patient choice and availability of community support.

On admission to the Emergency Department at QAH, if you are referred to the stroke service you will be assessed by a Specialist Stroke Nurse (7 days per week/8am – 8.30pm) and other colleagues from our multi-disciplinary teams (e.g. imaging, stroke consultants). If a stroke is confirmed patients are directly admitted to F4 to our Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU).

The role of the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit is to establish a clear diagnosis of the type of stroke and its likely cause. Through multi-professional management of the common complications of stroke, outcomes for patients are improved and information and advice for patients and their families is provided.

If further rehabilitation is required, patients aged 65 years or over will either be admitted to the Stroke Rehabilitation Ward (F3) or be transferred to their own home to continue with the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team (CSRT). All decisions regarding transfers will be discussed with the patient.

Patients under the age of 65 years may receive in-patient rehabilitation within the Phoenix Rehabilitation Centre, on F1.  A Clinical Nurse Specialist co-ordinates the care for this group of patients and medical care is provided by Consultants in rehabilitation medicine. Once ready for discharge patients may also be supported to go home with the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team.

The Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) Clinic is a rapid assessment clinic, for patients whose GP’s are concerned that they may have suffered what is commonly known as a mini stroke (TIA). These clinics operate frequently with patients able to access rapid diagnostics and opinions and this is accessed via GP referral.

The Hyper Acute Stroke Unit is accessed following an attendance and assessment in the Emergency Department. Onward referral to Stroke Rehabilitation and the Community Stroke Team, if required, will be made by the team supporting you whilst an inpatient on our wards.

Nearest lift area

Ward F1, F3 and F4: Lift Area 8 at QA Hospital.

TIA service: Lift Area 7 at QA Hospital. 

Contact information

Our stroke ward is located on F Level (F4); our stroke rehab (F3) and neuro rehab wards (F1) are on the same floor.

Our CSRT service is located on the QAH site but delivers its services in people’s homes.

The TIA service is located on F level (opposite Lift Area 7).


Tel: 02392 286119 (TIA Clinic)

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