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.
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.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
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.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
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.
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 day, and 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.
For general enquiries, comments and feedback relating to Women and Children’s services please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.