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A stay in hospital can be a daunting time for anyone whether it is for a short or long time. But having someone with you can help you recover and make you feel more at ease.

Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting. 

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.

We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.

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.

Emotional Freedom Techniques

Last updated: 28 November 2019

What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)?

EFT is a body/mind self-help method. It combines a gentle touch together with mindful and vocal attention to thoughts and feelings. EFT involves tapping with our fingertips on acupuncture points on the hands, face and upper body while focusing gently upon issues we wish to resolve.

EFT allows us to release and transform the way uncomfortable feelings like hurt, guilt, fear, anger and sadness may be affecting our experience. After just a few rounds of tapping, people often report feeling lighter and calmer and able to breathe more easily – almost as if they now have more space inside. They may report that their thinking has changed, they have gained new insights or that they are feeling better overall.

EFT represents a crossover between counselling skills and complimentary therapy approaches as it deals with the mind and the emotions that are stored in the body.

While ongoing scientific research continues to document and validate EFT as an effective treatment, a growing body of evidence is available.

“Emotions are our body’s reactions to our thoughts.” Ekhart Tolle

EFT Can Help to:

  • Relieve stress and promote general relaxation
  • Release and transform painful, uncomfortable or “negative” emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, etc.
  • Improve some types of physical discomfort
  • Relieve phobias and other fears, including fears around treatments
  • Foster better sleep and sleep habits
  • Increase self-esteem, clear-thinking, positive feelings and a sense of greater peace

What to expect

You will be asked to share what issues are difficult for you and the therapist will explain how EFT will be used to help these issues.

You will be firstly guided into a relaxation practice that you can then learn and do for yourself.

The therapist will then start tapping on acupuncture points around your face and upper body and hands whilst you both discuss the difficulties.

This usually leads to a rapid change in the way the difficulties are experienced and more peace and new ways of thinking emerge.

You will be taught how to tap for yourself as a self-help tool for using in your life.

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