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.

AWARE®

Last updated: 22 October 2021

 AWARE® is a developmental programme for healthcare support staff to improve recognition and response to deteriorating patients. It responds to an increasing focus on the role of Healthcare Support Staff in development of competent performance.

Care provided to critically ill and deteriorating patients has a significant impact on patient mortality; morbidity and length of hospital stay (NICE 2007).  A report of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, revealed that clinical signs of deterioration are often delayed, missed, misinterpreted or mismanaged (NCEPOD 2012). The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA, 2007), state that unregistered healthcare staff, such as health care assistants (HCA’s) are undertaking vital sign observations far more frequently having been delegated this task, receiving limited education to interpret and consider the results, and respond appropriately.

The AWARE® course was developed in 2009 by members of the nursing and midwifery education team at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. 

Course structure

The AWARE® course is:

  • a clear framework of knowledge and skills to promote early identification of patient condition detriorating
  • role-play clinical scenarios
  • group discussion
  • specific competency assessments to contribute to effective risk management

For more information please contact us.

 

AWARE® course documents

 

AWARE® course dates

To be confirmed.

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