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.

Super Six Diabetes Model

Last updated: 18 January 2021

The Super Six model of diabetes care in South East Hampshire and Portsmouth based itself on defining clearly with local GPs, Commissioners and specialists as to which services needed to exist within the confines of an acute Trust, due to its MDT setting or higher expertise involved.

The 6 services were:

  • Inpatient diabetes
  • Foot diabetes (with predefined criteria)
  • Type 1 diabetes, including adolescents
  • Insulin Pump services
  • Low eGFR or patients on renal dialysis
  • Antenatal diabetes


This involved any other patients with diabetes being managed in the community by a combination of virtual means (emails/phones) and GP surgery visits.

The GP surgery visits are used primarily for education with options given to GPs and practice nurses such as:

  • Virtual clinics (case-based discussions)
  • Review of database to discuss patients in regard to Quality and Outcomes Framework targets
  • Review of audits completed by surgery on diabetes care
  • Educational session on area(s) of diabetes management of surgery's choice
  • Patient review (in conjunction with GP or practice nurse


So far, this model of care, based on the crux of redefining specialist's roles has met with approval from primary care and patients and is also starting to show improvement in outcome measures, along with recognition in the form of awards such as:

  • Shortlisted BMJ awards 2016 Clinical Leadership Category
  • Shortlisted for BMJ Awards 2013 (Diabetes Team of the Year, Clinical Leadership Team of the Year)
  • Shortlisted for HSJ Awards 2012 in Management of Long Term Conditions
  • Winner Care Integration Awards, 2012
  • Winner, Quality in Care Awards 2012
  • Quality in Care Award, 2011 (Silver Award in NHS Diabetes Team of the Year)


This model of care has also involved 3 different providers in the local health economy (Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust) working together in an integrated care model.

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