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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.

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.

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.

Getting here

Queen Alexandra Hospital

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 08457 48 49 50.

Nearest lift area

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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