We know how important it is for patients and families to be able to see visitors. Please help us keep our patients and staff as safe as possible by checking the guidance below before you visiting.
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 Voluntary Services team can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.
After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”
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.
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.
Our Strategy – Working Together, Improving Together
Our strategy sets out our vision, values, strategic aims and most importantly, how we will deliver against these ambitions for our patients, communities, and people in the future.
It is not just a document, it is for and about everyone at PHU, building on what we have achieved with a renewed focus on continuous improvement and the need to continue to work together and improve together to achieve our goals.
A full copy of the strategy can be downloaded here.
For more information, please visit our strategy webpage.
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.
Last updated: 25 October 2022
The role of the rheumatologist is to diagnose (detect), treat and medically manage patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. These health problems affect the joints, muscles, bones and sometimes other internal organs (e.g., kidneys, lungs, blood vessels, brain).
A rheumatologist aims to help patients with rheumatic disease to have the best possible quality of life.
We understand that patients often benefit from a “holistic” approach where the patient can be considered “as a whole”.
In the rheumatology department the Medical and Nursing Team work together with members of the Multidisplinary Care Team- which includes physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Pharmacists and occupational therapists, so that our patients can benefit from their different types of expertise.
We are involved in a variety studies, including observational studies looking at the outcomes of patients on established treatments and trialling new agents that have yet to be made generally available on the NHS. The department has conducted some small single-centre studies, but most often is involved in large multi-centre national and sometimes international studies. We are always actively looking for patients to participate in our clinical trials and if you are interested in participating, please ask.
Our research team:
Rheumatology Outpatient Department
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen Alexandra Hospital
Southwick Hill Road
Telephone: 023 9228 6000 Bleep 1576 or ext 4470 / 1641
If you would like to contact anyone from the Department of Rheumatology Management team please telephone 023 9228 6000 ext 1495