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.

PEACH©

Last updated: 29 October 2021

The PEACH© course was developed to train unregistered healthcare staff in basic techniques and skills needed to recognise the deteriorating child. The course is modelled on the similar BEACH® course but focuses solely on assessing and communicating illness in children.


The course provides a structured assessment that participants can use to recognise when a child is unwell and how to articulate their symptoms with confidence.

 

Course structure

The PEACH© course is based around a simple, illustrated manual that covers basic signs of clinical deterioration, what is appropriate action and when to ask for help. The course is delivered in half a day with a range of interactive tasks and opportunities to ask questions.

 

Content includes

  • How to assess a child using a structured approach
  • How to recognise soft signs of deterioration 
  • Increase your knowledge on childhood illnesses
  • How to communicate your concerns and escalate help quickly to the GP, NHS 111, or ambulance

 

What participants said

“It was a valuable session and gave me the confidence when working with children in the emergency department and when escalating to senior members of the team.” – Stacey Stephen, health care support worker at QA


“This course is a great way to reassure both medical and non-medical people that they are doing the right thing to care for unwell children. I’d really recommend this course to new parents and people who work with kids.” – Vicki Nightingale, health care support worker at QA


“The course was delivered professionally and in terms that non-medical people would understand. It has really opened my eyes in how to deal with certain scenarios and I would recommend this course to anyone who looks after children.” – Carly Pinto, mum of two young children

 

Course details

If you are interested in getting involved and to learn more about upcoming course dates and costs, please email the team at peach.course@porthosp.nhs.uk or call 02392 286306.

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