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Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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. 

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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.

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.

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Getting here

Queen Alexandra Hospital

Map: Queen Alexandra Hospital

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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.

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.

Nearest lift area

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


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

Secretaries: 02392 286000 ext. 6844

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