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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.


Last updated: 28 November 2019

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis describes an interaction between a therapist and you, the client. The therapist attempts to influence your perceptions, feelings, thinking and behaviour by asking you to concentrate on ideas and images that may evoke the intended effect.

What is involved?

At an initial meeting to establish what you hope to achieve, the therapist will explain the process, gain consent, and set goals for the duration of the therapy.

You are then guided into a state of deep relaxation. Communication is maintained and specific suggestions geared to your presenting concerns are made.

You can choose to come out of the hypnotic state very quickly, at any time during a treatment if you feel uncomfortable.

The therapist applies solution – focused brief therapy, which emphasises your strengths and abilities, helping you to tap into your own resources and find solutions that best suit you.

You are brought out of the hypnotic state gradually and will be fully awake and alert by the end of the session.

What can it help with?

Hypnotherapy can help to –

  • Reduce stress
  • Release anxiety
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Help to manage pain
  • Help you prepare for treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery.


Hypnotherapy is not advisable if you have certain mental conditions or health problems or epilepsy, because you may have an unpredictable response.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

For the purposes of hypnotherapy, the brain is viewed as being divided into conscious and sub-conscious. Hypnotherapy enables communication with the subconscious, making use of the mind’s heightened awareness and susceptibility to beneficial suggestions during trance in order to make changes. However, the suggestions have to accord with the individual’s own beliefs and goals.

These changes could include overcoming phobias, reducing anxiety or simply getting a good night’s sleep.

How many sessions are needed?

For phobias, generally three sessions of 45 minutes duration are required in addition to the initial consultation. For other issues such as anxiety, more sessions may be negotiated.

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