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.

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.

Anaesthetics

Last updated: 28 October 2019

E level map

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.

The care we provide usually starts in the Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic (POAC) where anaesthetists and nurses work together to run the Pre-Assessment Service. Here patients are screened with a questionnaire and may undergo investigations prior to their planned surgery. Some patients needing major surgery are invited to attend our Surgery School where they are taught what they can do to help themselves to get the best possible outcome from their operation and to be in hospital for the minimum amount of time possible.

All of our operations take place in our state-of-the-art theatre suite comprising 27 operating theatres where Anaesthetists work alongside surgical teams from every specialty. We have three dedicated endo-theatres for keyhole surgery, a surgical robot system and an orthopaedic robot system for knee replacements. We also provide anaesthetic support for women in labour and we have two additional maternity theatres for mothers who require surgery for, or shortly after, delivery. We also provide Anaesthesia cover at Elmleigh Hospital and the Poswillo Community Dental Unit (within the grounds of QAH).

Post-operatively you may also be looked after by our Anaesthetists who work on our Surgical High Care Unit. Additionally you may meet someone from our Acute Pain Team – a team of Specialised Anaesthetists and Specialist Nurses who plan and provide pain relief for inpatients after their operations.

If you are coming into QA for an operation soon, please browse our information leaflets below.

Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation

Portsmouth Hospital’s Department of Anaesthesia was awarded the prestigious Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in April 2016. This is awarded when an Anaesthesia department can demonstrate the highest quality standards in terms of its service provision.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Referral information

Referral is via surgical or maternity services.

Where to find us

Lift area 7 at QA Hospital.

Contact information

Secretaries: 02392 286298 and ext 6279

E level, East Block at QA Hospital.

Anaesthetics serve Radiology, Maternity and areas outside PHT.

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