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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.

Maternity Services


If you are currently pregnant - Congratulations!

We hope that you find the following information helpful. 

Our maternity services look after pregnant women who live in Hampshire and Portsmouth.  This is a large service caring for more than 6000 women per year.

Information Service for Parents: Click here to access a website where you can sign up for emails and text messages covering all key pregnancy and baby topics.

Useful telephone numbers

Your named midwife will give you contact numbers when she meets you for the first time.

Midwifery advice is available for you at the Mary Rose Unit 24 hours a dayand between 8am and 8pm at the Grange and Blake Maternity Centres.  Please note that you may speak to a Maternity Support Worker and not necessarily a midwife when you call.

Please click here for information on Labour Line, a 24-hour dedicated telephone support and assessment line for women in labour - to contact Labour Line, call 0300 1239001.

Once pregnant, you are able to directly refer yourself to your local centre from 6 weeks as long as you have a confirmed positive pregnancy test, you DO NOT have to see a GP.

  • Queen Alexandra Hospital Reception - 023 9228 6000 ext 4583 
  • St Marys Hospital - 02380 540777
  • Blake Maternity Centre - 023 9252 3651
  • Mary Rose Birth Centre - 023 9228 6000 ext 3284 
  • Grange Maternity Centre - 023 8231 0580 (with voicemail) or 023 8231 0581
  • Infant Feeding Advisors - 023 9228 6000 ext 4530
  • Day Assessment unit - 023 9228 6000 ext 4502
  • Director of Midwifery and Maternity - 023 9228 6000 ext 4532/4577
  • Community Co-ordinator (24 hour advice for urgent issues or labour related queries) - 07770 233256

For general enquiries, comments and feedback relating to Women and Children’s services please email


Visiting Maternity at Queen Alexandra Hospital's B5, B6 and B7 Wards

We appreciate that the arrival of a baby is a special event and that relatives and friends will wish to visit women who are in hospital, both before and after the birth of a baby.

However, for a number of reasons, including security, infection control and the privacy of other women, we need to limit the number of visitors around a bed at any one time.

Therefore, the maternity team have agreed that on B5, B6 and B7 wards the patient’s partner plus two other visitors may visit at any one time.

This does not apply to B8 (the labour Ward) where visitors are limited to two nominated birth partners only.

Visiting hours on B5, B6 and B7 are as follows:

Partner visiting is between 9am – 9pm.
For all other visitors, visiting is between 2pm and 7pm.

Visitors will be issued with a coloured pass on arrival at the inpatient reception for B5, B6 and B7 and, once both passes have been issued, we regret that no further visitors will be permitted on to the ward. The Maternity Visitors' Reception is located directly opposite lift area 4 on B Level.


Patients' own children do not require passes and are permitted to visit but we regret that no other children are permitted to visit.

Patients and visitors are asked to ensure that each pass is handed back to Reception before leaving and visitors are also asked to wait in the refreshment areas of the main hospital if waiting for a pass to become available and not to congregate in the corridor outside the Maternity Unit.

We are monitoring and adapting this pass system regularly to meet the needs of the patients whilst also complying with Trust requirements.

The Maternity Department reserves the right to request that visitors leave if patient care or safety is compromised.

Thank you.


We have a team of eight consultants who care for women who need obstetric support in their pregnancy.

We offer a range of skills and expertise to enable you to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. We are mainly based at the Maternity unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital. However, we also have clinic settings in Petersfield, Fareham and Gosport.

If your pregnancy has certain high risk factors then your midwife or GP may suggest that your care be looked after by our team, and your pregnancy will then be monitored by the midwife and the Consultant.


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