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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.

Cancer Services

Last updated: 04 November 2019

B level

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is a designated Cancer Centre and serves a population of approximately 800,000 within the area of southern Hampshire. The centre is part of the Central and South Coast Cancer Network and has close links with the Cancer Centre in Southampton and the cancer units in Chichester and on the Isle of Wight.

The Trust treats over 3,000 new patients every year for the majority of cancers. Children with cancer and adults with some very rare cancers are generally referred to the specialist centres in Southampton and London.

Outpatient clinics, diagnostic services, day case and surgical treatments and inpatient services are all provided for patients with cancer at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA). The Portsmouth Oncology Centre at QA has the latest linear accelerators that provide radiation therapy to cancer patients

For information on cancer services, please follow the provided:

• Breast Screening
• Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Services

Since March 2013 we have offered a new breast cancer drug which extends survival and stalls disease progression. The Trust also has extremely highly developed laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery, as well as endoscopic thyroid surgery, which provides a huge benefit in terms of patient experience and quality of life.

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 or phone 08457 48 49 50.

St Mary's Community Health Campus

West Wing, Milton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 6AD

Nearest lift area

Haematology/Oncology Day Unit/Haematology oncology outpatients - Lift area 2 at QA Hospital

Breast - Lift area 2 at QA Hospital

Acute Oncology Service - Lift area 4 at QA Hospital


Contact information

There is a manned telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Tel: 02392 2863316


  • Haematology/Oncology Day Unit/Haematology oncology outpatients - B Level at QA Hospital
  • Breast - D level at QA Hospital
  • Acute Oncology Service - F level, wards F5/6/7 at QA Hospital
  • Dermatology - St Mary's Community Campus

Related wards


Queen Alexandra Hospital


Lift area 4


02392 286000 ext. 3265

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