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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…

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.

Critical Care Unit (ICU)

Last updated: 15 October 2019

E level map

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. Our performance is regularly monitored through the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) and we consistently have some of the best outcomes in the country. We are focussed on providing an excellent service, compassionate and high quality patient care and support for both our patients and their family.

In 2013, Portsmouth Critical Care formed a new collaborative partnership with the University of Portsmouth and is now an academic department. This relationship with the University will mean even greater learning and research opportunities for our trainees including:
• Collaboration in research specifically related to older people Collaboration in research specifically related to older people (University of Portsmouth Ageing Network), respiratory, allergy, including with other departments at the University
• University teaching opportunities
• Collaboration in supervision teams for clinical projects (especially MRes, PD or PhD)

We are a paperless unit and have had electronic clinical information system since 2002. In 2011, we updated to our second generation system, Centricity TM Critical Care and this now includes electronic prescribing. We are a national reference site centre for this system.

Our strong training reputation has led to A* deanery awards in successive years forICM training forICM, anaesthesia andACCS programmes. We actively monitor feedback from all our trainees which is usually very positive. In August 2018, Portsmouth ICU was rated as ’Outstanding’ in all 5 domains and overall ‘Outstanding’ by CQC.

For more information visit - www.portsmouthicu.com

Opening hours

We operate an 'open visiting' policy (24 hrs/day), although we do have to make sure that our patients receive enough periods of rest to improve recovery.

When you enter the unit you will be greeted by our reception staff between 8am - 7pm during the weekdays (8am to 5pm on Friday). After this time and on the weekend you are able to use an intercom system directly to the unit. You will be told if it is appropriate for you to enter the unit immediately or to stay in the waiting room. Your relative or friend will be located on the 'east' or 'west' side of the unit.

We understand that you will be worried and may have travelled some distance to see the person you are visiting. We will do our very best to make sure you see them as soon as possible after you arrive. Please be aware that there may be some delays in you seeing your relative or friend because of nursing or medical procedures. In this event. we will make sure that we try and keep you updated whenever possible with what is happening. When we first admit a patient to the Intensive Care Unit, it can take 1-2 hours for us to stabilise their condition and to provide the best possible care. Again, we will aim to update you and allow you to see them at the earliest opportunity.

Where to find us

Located on level E5 at Queen Alexandra Hospital. The nearest stairs/lift is area 4. 

The entrance is signposted 'Critical Care Ward - E5'.

Contact information

Secretaries: 02392 286844
West Unit: 02392 286035/6385
East Unit: 02392 286852/6853

Critical Care reception - 02392 286000 ext 3380

Staff:

Caroline Cawkill (Matron) - ext 6901 / bleep 1661

Sara Blakeley (Clinical Director) - ext 5756

 

Critical Care (E5), Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham PO6 3LY

 

 

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E5

Queen Alexandra Hospital

Directions

Lift area 4

Contact

West Unit: 02392 286000 ext. 6035/6385
East Unit: 02392 286000 ext. 6852/6853

Secretaries: 02392 286000 ext. 6844

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