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.

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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.

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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…

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.

Ophthalmology

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.

Awards

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 

Where to find us

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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