Current visiting times

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.”

Read more on visiting times...


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…

Current visiting times

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.”

Read more on visiting times...


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.

Departments & Services

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    Acute Medical Unit

    The Acute Medical unit (AMU) at Queen Alexandra Hospital takes admissions from the Emergency Department, Ambulatory Emergency Care and direct from GPs.

     

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    ALERT™

    ALERT™ is a multi-professional course to train staff in recognising patient deterioration and act appropriately in treating the acutely unwell.

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    Anaesthetics

    The Anaesthesia team provides anaesthesia to enable patients to tolerate operations and procedures in comfort and safety. This may be a local anaesthetic where the patient may remain awake, a local anaesthetic with sedation to make the patient drowsy or a full general anaesthetic where the patient will be asleep. We aim to provide safe, effective and personalised care to every patient we see, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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    Aquilis Counselling

    We are a team of professional, qualified, and experienced Counsellors / Psychotherapists based at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Hampshire. If coming to the hospital is not possible for you, contact us as we have some flexibility around seeing people off site. People enter counselling for a variety of reasons. See the issues page for more information on the issues we have helped people resolve, plus some testimonials from our clients.

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    Audiology

    Audiology outpatient consultations with diagnostic testing for adults and children. The Audiology Department also test, fit and repair hearing aids.

     

     

     

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    Audiovestibular Medicine

    We offer outpatient consultations following GP referral.

    Key services:

    • Vertigo
    • Dizziness
    • Imbalance
    • Hearing loss
    • Tinnitus (distressing)

     

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    Breast and Endocrine Surgery

    The Breast and Endocrine team within Portsmouth Hospitals Trust works very closely with clinical colleagues such as Plastic Surgery, Oncology, Endocrinology, Dermatology and Breast Imaging to provide an extensive service including the following:

    • Fast track breast consultation clinics
    • Breast MDT clinics
    • Breast Care counselling clinics
    • Urgent 2 week referral suspected cancer referrals from GPs
    • Urgent breast abscess referrals
    • Breast reconstruction
    • Specialist thyroid and parathyroid clinics
    • Gynaecomastia
    • General surgery clinics
    • Family history service
    • Breast prostheses fitting
    • Lymphoedema
    • Skin Cancer and melanoma services
  • Breast Screening

    Management of the National Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) for the local community - offering routine screening for women aged 50-70years.

    Visit the breast screening site.

     

    Mobile Screening unit - across the community

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    Cardiology

    We provide a unified service with the Isle Of Wight Cardiac Department.

    • Outreach clinic at Gosport War Memorial
    • Community heart failure teams
    • Community rehab exercise classes
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    Clinical Coding

    Clinical Coding provides a clinical coding service for all inpatient and daycase episodes across the Trust, to abstract clinical information from the patient’s medical records and assign ICD10 and OPCS 4-8codes. Clinical Coding is used for both clinical and statistical purposes, these include the national tariff scheme where each individual episode is paid on the complexity of the patient and the treatment given to the patient, patients outcome data, clinical audit, casemix planning to name a few.

    The team is headed by Sally Daniels, Coding Improvement Manager. Jan Rickard is the Deputy Coding Manager. There are 28 coders and five clerks that make up the team.

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    Clinical Engineering

    Clinical Engineering (CE) is responsible for maintaining medical devices used within the Trust and provides management services on other medical devices which are maintained under external contract.  CE also provides training on the use of a range of medical devices and runs a Medical Equipment Library service which provides a pool of generic equipment that can be loaned for use by the wards.

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    Clinical Microbiology

    Microbiology provides the following services:

    - Diagnostic services for hospital clinical staff and general practitioners working in the community. This includes bacterial culture, identification, and susceptibility testing, Mycobacteriology, infectious disease serology, parasitology, mycology, and molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases.

    - Support to consultants in communicable disease control and their colleagues in public health medicine.

    - Local surveillance and special studies in infectious diseases.

    - Provision of specialist tests for neighbouring NHS Trust laboratories.

    - Investigation and support in community and national outbreaks of communicable disease.

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    Colposcopy Service

    Colposcopy clinics run Monday to Friday with morning and afternoon sessions and an evening clinic on Tuesdays.

    We offer the following services:

    • Colposcopy
    • Cervical smear test
    • Cervical biopsy
    • LLETZ treatment (Loop Diathermy)
    • Vault smear
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    Complaints and Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

    Our complaints department manage all formal complaints about the services provided by the Trust.

    PALS offer support to patients, relatives and visitors who have concerns or enquiries that can be resolved quickly.

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    The Fraud and Security Management Service is a shared service hosted by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups, and located at Wickham Surgery near Fareham.

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    Critical Care Unit (ICU)

    We are one of the largest Intensive Care Units (ICU) in the UK, admitting around 1500 patients every year. Our new state of the art unit was built in 2009. It offers a purpose designed, high quality 24 bed intensive care unit. We have a large team (over 140 staff) of experienced doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, pharmacists and other allied health professionals.

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    Day Surgery Unit

    Service for:

    • Pre and Post Operative Care for Patients undergoing Day Case Surgery.
    • Adult patients (over 16 years of age) whose procedure meets the Day Surgery Criteria.
    • Appointments are made by referrals from Outpatients Consultation.
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    Dermatology

    Our enthusiastic and diverse team at the Portsmouth Dermatology Centre, which is based at the St Mary's Health Community Campus, receive referrals for patients with a wide range of skin problems, such as long-term conditions like psoriasis and eczema, through to skin cancers. Treatments for these problems vary from prescription medicines to dressings, day treatments and specialised light therapies given within the department. Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma may require surgical treatments. These range from small biopsies to large excisions, and we also carry out more complex Mohs micrographic surgery in some instances. 

     

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    Diabetes & Endocrinology

    Services provided include:

    Diabetes

    • Guidance to ward teams looking after patients on hospital wards
    • Education and support for those managing Type 1 diabetes
    • Intensive Insulin management and diabetes technology services (education, glucose monitoring and insulin pumps)
    • Ante-natal diabetes care
    • Renal services (low eGFR or patients on dialysis)
    • Multi-disciplinary service for high risk foot issues

    Dietetic

    Outpatient clinics for those with Type 1 diabetes, including educational groups

    Endocrinology

    Outpatient services for a range of Endocrinology conditions

    Research

    Active research team working in conjunction with Trust and Wessex research networks.

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