Current visiting times

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.”

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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.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

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.”

Read more on visiting times...


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.

ALERT™ Adult

Last updated: 03 September 2021

 

ALERT™ uses a structured and prioritised system of patient assessment and management to enable a pre-emptive approach to critical illness. It instructs staff in the recognition of impending clinical deterioration, the management of disordered physiology and other aspects of the delivery of acute care.

It is expected that the introduction of the ALERT™ course will result in specific benefits to patients, their relatives and hospital staff, such as:

  • improvements in the general ward care of patients
  • a reduced number of cardiac arrest calls on general wards
  • earlier, and more appropriate referrals to the intensive care unit
  • fewer avoidable in-hospital deaths
  • improved decision-making regarding the resuscitation status of patients
  • improved multi-professional teamwork & communication

 

Course structure

The ALERT™ course is:

  • a blended, flexible, learning programme
  • multi-disciplinary
  • practical demonstrations
  • live seminars 
  • role-play clinical scenarios
  • encourages candidates to reflect on their actions and to consider “What would I do next?”

An ALERT™ course manual, for pre–course reading, is provided to all attendees.

For more information please contact us.

 

 

ALERT™ course documents

 

 

ALERT™ course dates (extra dates added!)

One-day open courses are being held at our training centre based at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have established a number of adaptations and changes in the way in which we advise an ALERT™ course to be run for the foreseeable future.

  • Tuesday 12 September: Fully booked
  • Wednesday 13 September: Fully booked
  • Tuesday 28 September: Fully booked
  • Wednesday 6 October: Place available
  • Saturday 16 October: Fully booked
  • Monday 18 October: Fully booked
  • Wednesday 20 October: Fully booked
  • Wednesday 27 October: Fully booked
  • Thursday 4 November: Fully booked
  • Wednesday 24 November: Fully booked
  • Tuesday 30 November: Fully booked
  • Tuesday 7 December: Places available
  • Wednesday 8 December: Fully booked
  • Tuesday 21 December: Places available

References:

Clarke, S, 2013, Stay alert, stay aware, Nursing Standard 28(12) 71

Featherstone, P. et al 2005, Impact of one-day inter-professional course (ALERT) on attitudes and confidence in managing critically ill adult patients, Resuscitation 65 329-36

Salim, S, 2014, Recognition and treatment of life-threatening events in the community setting - part 1: the journey, British Journal of Community Nursing 19(9) 453-7

Smith, Gary B., Osgood, Vicky M. and Crane, Sue. 2002 ALERT™ - a multiprofessional training course in the care of the acutely ill adult patient, Resuscitation 52 281-86

 

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