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.

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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.

Endocrinology

Last updated: 27 November 2019

Endocrinology is the study of the endocrine system in the human body. This is a system of glands which secrete hormones. Hormones are chemicals which affect the actions of different target organs  in the body.

The department deals with a range of endocrine disorders. As well as general endocrine clinics there are specialised clinics for pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal diseases. We also have a service for ladies with Turners syndrome, and transition clinics for adolescents moving from paediatric department to the adult service.

There are five consultants who each have their own specialist interest clinics, and two endocrine nurse specialists.

The Endocrine Department offers a range of services to investigate, diagnose and treat patients with endocrine disorders. Patients can be referred to the department by their GP, or another hospital consultant.

Patients will usually receive an appointment to be seen in a Consultant clinic first. Most clinics are held at Queen Alexandra Hospital but some conditions can be seen in clinics at Gosport War Memorial and Fareham Community Hospitals.  If the consultant feels it would be helpful to have investigations performed before the appointment these will be arranged.

As well as clinics where people with a variety of endocrine conditions can be seen, the department also runs specialised endocrine clinics too. These clinics are led by consultants. Specialist Registrars and Specialist Endocrine nurses may also see patients.

  • Pituitary Clinic: Thursday afternoon. Dr Kar or Dr Nicholson
  • Joint Pituitary Clinic: Monday afternoon. Dr Kar or Dr Nicholson with Mr Hempenstall, Southampton neurosurgeon, in attendance.
  • Acromegaly clinic: six times per year on Thursday afternoon. Dr Kar or Dr Nicholson.
  • Parathyroid clinic: joint clinic run by Dr Meeking and parathyroid surgeon.
  • Adrenal clinic: Thursday morning. Dr Meeking.
  • Thyrotoxicosis Clinic: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Dr Cranston, Professor Cummings, Dr Meeking, Dr Butt.
  • Thyroid lump clinic: Friday morning in surgical outpatients. Mr Yiangou, thyroid surgeon with Professor Cummings or Jean Munday in attendance.
  • Turner’s clinic: Wednesday afternoon. Dr Nicholson
  • Transition & Young Adults clinic: Wednesday afternoon. Dr Nicholson
  • Lipids clinic: Thursday afternoon. Professor Cummings.

There are two Endocrine Nurse Specialists (ENS) in Portsmouth, Jean Munday & Mandy Morcombe. They are involved in the investigation and care of patients who attend the endocrine department. They attend pituitary, adrenal and thyroid Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (MDTs), and participate in several of the consultant led clinic too.

  • Day Case investigations. Patients will often require specialised dynamic function tests to assess their hormone production. The tests are performed by an ENS, with medical support if necessary.
  • Hydrocortisone Education. Group education sessions are held to teach patients on steroid replacement how to manage their medication during illness and stress. Relatives are welcome to attend too.
  • Growth Hormone replacement clinics for monitoring patients taking this injectable medication.
  • Administering specialist endocrine drugs, such as injections used for treating resistant acromegaly.
  • Radioiodine Follow-up clinic. A nurse-led clinic for patients who have received radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroidism.

Historically patients with lipid disorders have been referred ad hoc to a number of clinicians and this new development gives an opportunity for these patients to be seen in a dedicated clinic run by two clinicians with a specialist interest in lipid disorders

(Professor Mike Cummings, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and  Dr Ali Al-Bahrani, Chemical Pathologist, IOW Health Care Trust).

Examples of patients that this service may provide help with include:

Lack of response (in severe hypercholestrolaemia) or intolerance to statin therapy
Mixed dyslipidaemia where multiple lipid lowering therapies are often required
Low HDL cholesterol concentrations
Moderate to severe hypertriglyceridaemia  (triglycerides >5 mmol/L)
Patients with presumed  Familial Hypercholesterolaemia and primary genetic dyslipidaemias
Please send referrals to the Lipid Service at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Department, Queen Alexandra Hospital. We anticipate being able to make appointments through Choose and Book in the near future

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