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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. 

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.


Last updated: 02 October 2019

Ophthalmology research team

Welcome from Ophthalmology specialist research team based at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The PHT eye department has a dedicated team of research staff working collaboratively to run research studies involving patients with a variety of ophthalmic pathologies. The team consists of ophthalmic consultants, junior doctors, research nurse, optometrist, ophthalmic photographer and clinical trial assistant who work to successfully conduct clinical trials and other research activities.

As research staff, we maintain a strong rapport with our patients who have a direct route of contact with us at any time. There are about 125 patients who are currently participating in the research studies and their contribution to ophthalmology research is greatly appreciated by the eye department. We aim to deliver safe, effective and a high quality of care for our participants.

The department works in close collaboration with a number of universities, biotechnology companies, and other pharmaceutical companies to develop new ophthalmic treatments. We also conduct joint research projects with other departments within this hospital.

Our research objectives are to prevent eye diseases, develop new ophthalmic treatments, improve quality of life, and improve our understanding of the causes and developments of different eye conditions.

Research is the only way that we can continually improve treatment for our patients, and understand how to utilise NHS resources efficiently.

Our Studies

We have research studies involving patients with different eye pathologies including glaucoma, age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinal diseases, retinal vein occlusions and conjunctivitis, among others.

Currently there are 4 studies running in the department and we are on the process of setting up 5 more new studies which are interesting to patients and clinicians. These include studies to explore the best treatment options for glaucoma, treatment for vitreo- macular traction, diagnosis of viral conjunctivitis and continuous monitoring of glaucoma progression over a period of time.

Our Successes

Currently Portsmouth Ophthalmology research team are proud and confident to say that we are the top recruiter in UK for two of the studies we do for glaucoma.

Our success lies in the hands of patients who willingly participate in the studies offered to them. We make sure our participants understand the trial and what is expected of them prior to consenting to the studies. We hope the patients of Portsmouth will continue to participate in research throughout the hospital and help us raise the standard of care for future generations.


Received PHT’s Best Research Impact award – 2017 PHT research conference
2018 - Leading UK recruiter for phase 4 Glaucoma study award
2018 - Fastest recruiter for phase 4 Dry Eye study award
2018 - Won prize and Certificate of appreciation for the most consistent and complete data collection for Somnus study from Oxford University Hospital
2018 - Award for Outstanding Performance in patient recruitment for a commercial observational diabetic macular oedema study
2018, 2019 - Appreciation for being the only site (out of 36 sites) to conduct study visits without any protocol deviation
2019 – shortlisted and came runner up for outstanding performance in commercial research – Wessex CRN awards
2017, 2018, 2019 - Appreciation from research study monitors for perfection in data recording and reporting
2019 - Appreciation from commercial study auditing for excellent record keeping
General - Met recruitment target for all studies within timeframe and have been top national recruiter for some of the Glaucoma studies 

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.

Nearest lift area

Lift area 8 at QA Hospital.

Contact information

If you would like to know about a study or anything related to our research activities please contact our research nurse Mini David on:

02392 286000 extension 5926

Outpatients: 02392 286000 extension 3810

Alternatively if you are in the eye department we encourage you to ask a member of staff about clinical research. It's ok to ask!


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