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.

My Appointment

Last updated: 09 June 2021

How and When will I be invited ?

All women aged 50-71 years who are registered with a GP within our screening area are eligible for screening. 

Some ladies aged 49 (who will be 50 in the year of screening) will be identified and invited for screening.  As the programme runs over a rolling three year plan some women may not receive their first invitation until they are 53.

This meets the requirements of the National Breast Screening Programme.

“Failsafe” screening is carried out every month for those women who join the GP practice or enter the screening age after screening in that area has finished, or who will miss their three year due date if they wait until we screen their area.

Women will continue to be routinely invited every three years until age 71.  (After this age you can self refer for a mammogram every three years.).

Invitations are sent out by letter about three weeks before the appointment date. An information leaflet will also be sent. We also use a text reminder service to remind you about your appointment 72 hours before. If you do not wish us to contact you in this way, please let us know when you receive your invitation.


Due to the COVID19 pandemic we regrettably had to pause breast screening in 2020. This has now re-started but with a much reduced capacity.

If you are expecting an appointment please be aware that it is likely to be delayed and an appointment will be sent to you as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, if you have any changes in your breast or symptoms that are causing you concern, please contact your GP

For further information please visit https://breastcancernow.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Screening is carried out at the following locations:

The majority of screening is performed on a Mobile Screening Unit which visits 12 sites across the area to screen the local women

Screening also takes place within our Static Screening Unit, which is in Breast Services Department, D Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham

Second stage screening and any subsequent treatment is carried out at the Static Screening Unit, Breast Services Department, D Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham


Our Mobile Screening unit visits areas approximately once every three years. Women are invited to attend the mobile unit when the doctors surgery with which they are registered is due to be screened.

 

Due to the COVID19 pandemic we regrettably had to pause breast screening in 2020. This has now re-started but with a much reduced capacity.

 

If you are expecting an appointment please be aware that it is likely to be delayed and an appointment will be sent to you as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, if you have any changes in your breast or symptoms that are causing you concern, please contact your GP

The areas are invited for screening in the following order:

  • Cosham & Paulsgrove (including Drayton & Hilsea)
  • Petersfield
  • Portsmouth City
  • Havant & surrounding areas
  • Gosport
  • Fareham
  • Hayling Island
  • Waterlooville & surrounding areas
  • Lee-on-Solent & Stubbington
  • Portchester
  • Locksheath

 

If you are unable to manage the steps to the mobile unit or have a disability of any kind you will be screened at this Static Unit. The rooms are more spacious and there are disabled facilities. Also the appointments are longer to allow more time for the procedure.

The static unit is in the Breast Services Department, D Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

If you need to change your appointment or have any concerns you can telephone the Screening Office on:

023 9228 3613 or 023 9228 3614

Alternatively you can email us on Admin.BSU@porthosp.nhs.uk

A visit to a screening unit for breast screening takes about half an hour. When you arrive at the screening unit you will be greeted by a female receptionist or mammographer who will check your personal details (name, age and address)

When the staff are ready, a female mammographer will take you for your mammogram. She will confirm your identification and talk to you about your medical history and any current problems you may be having with your breasts. She will explain what will happen when the mammograms are taken, and answer any questions you may have. If you are happy to proceed, the mammographer will ask you to undress down to the waist and she will then take the mammogram. (Its useful to wear separates such as skirt and blouse to make this easier)

The Mammogram


The mammogram is a low dose x-ray. Each breast is placed in turn on the x-ray machine and gently but firmly compressed with a clear plate. The compression only lasts a few seconds and does not cause any harm to the breasts. Compression is needed to keep the breast still and to get the clearest picture with the lowest amount of radiation possible. Some women find compression slightly uncomfortable and some feel short-lived pain. Research has shown that for most women it is less painful than having a blood test and compares with having blood pressure measured.

Once finished the mammography practitioner will explain about how and when you will receive your results and you are then free to leave the unit.

Want to know more?


Watch this video about screening on the mobile unit.....

NHS Portsmouth Breast Services - The Breast Screening Mobile Unit from Strong Island Media on Vimeo.

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