Search options

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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.

Physical Activity

Last updated: 12 December 2019

Physical activity is important for cancer patients at all stages of the cancer care pathway. There is evidence to support the role of physical activity for the following stages of the cancer care pathway:

  • During cancer treatment – physical activity improves, or prevents the decline of physical function without increasing fatigue.
  • After cancer treatment – physical activity helps recover physical function.
  • During and after cancer treatment – physical activity can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and mortality for some cancers and can reduce the risk of developing other long term conditions.
  • Advanced cancer – physical activity can help maintain independence and wellbeing.

The Macmillan Centre will be able to sign post you to a range of information on physical activities. We have a number of resources to assist you to increase your levels of physical activities well and gain the benefits. The centre holds yoga sessions weekly, works closely with the Oasis Centre to hold Aqua Classes (Aqua Silver) and has information on Walking for Health sessions in the local area.

Yoga is an ancient philosophy that began more than three thousand years ago in India and has been developed over the years to promote health and wellbeing by working on the body, mind and spirit.

The word Yoga comes from an ancient language called Sanskirt and means ‘union’.


Yoga at the Macmillan Centre
The yoga classes at the Macmillan Centre are suitable for all ages and abilities. The classes will include work with breathing, meditation, relaxation, postures and gentle movement to help you learn to enjoy the present moment, gently increase physical health and vitality, help reduce stress and relax the mind and body. Classes are held at a set time weekly (term time only) in the Macmillan Centre. Please ask a member of staff for details.

Water exercises can benefit a variety of different conditions. Could Aqua Silver help you?

The use of water in the forms of spas and hot springs has been used to treat a range of conditions for centuries. These include arthritis, other musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation of injuries. It is also suitable for people recovering from cancer. More recently it has been discovered that specific exercises performed in water are not only enjoyable, but can help people improve their strength, flexibility and range of motion.

rsz aqua silver 1
Doing exercise in a group is enjoyable and motivational. The gentle pace is a great way to start or resume exercising. The warm water temperature and buoyancy of the water supports your weight, allows your body to relax and improves mobility. Regular exercise improves your wellbeing and releases those “feel good” hormones. Improvement in muscle strength can be achieved by pushing your arms and legs against the water.

If this interests you, come along to one of our classes at Oasis, QA Hospital. Classes are 40 minutes long and run with up to 20 people at a time. Our trainer will take you through a range of exercises to benefit you.

Sessions available are:

Monday          10:00am-10:40am and 11:00am-11:40am

Wednesday   11:00am-11:40am

Friday             10:00am-10:40am and 11:00am-11:40am

To book, please enquire at Oasis reception, telephone 02392 283 333 or email

What is the Cancer Referral Scheme?
Across Hampshire, Macmillan have funded a number of exercise professionals in Cancer Rehabilitation Level 4. This gives them enhanced knowledge of cancer and its treatments, so they can safely prescribe and deliver an exercise programme tailored for individuals or groups, during or after cancer treatment.

It also means you can get physically active in a safe way, supervised by an expert who understands how the cancer and its treatment may affect you.

Some of the schemes have also funded additional exercise professionals to gain the Cancer Rehabilitation Level 4 qualification.

To be referred to the Cancer Referral Scheme please ask to your doctor, clinical nurse specialist or your GP.

All schemes are run at a reduced cost for the person affected by cancer.

For price enquiries, please contact the leisure centre you wish to attend.


Fareham Leisure Centre
10 week exercise and physical activity programme

Fareham Leisure Centre, Park Lane, Fareham, PO16 7JU

01329 226370


Holly Hill Leisure Centre
10 week exercise and physical activity programme

Barnes Lane
Sarisbury Green
SO31 7BJ
01489 571064


Horizon Leisure Centres in Havant and Waterlooville
12 week exercise and physical activity programme

Horizon Leisure Centre in Havant Civic Centre Road, Havant PO9 2AY or

Horizon Leisure Centre in Waterlooville Waterberry Drive, Waterlooville PO7 7UW

023 92488477


John Pounds Centre
10 week exercise and physical activity programme (first five weeks are free)

John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen Street, Portsmouth PO1 3HN

023 92892010


Mountbatten Leisure Centre
12-week exercise and physical activity programme

Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, PO2 9QA

023 9320 0358



Oasis Wellness Centre
12 week exercise and physical activity programme

Queen Alexandra Hospital Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, PO6 3LY

023 92283333


Pyramids Centre
12 week exercise and physical activity programme

Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, PO5 3ST

02392 799977

Back to top
Working together to drive excellence in care for our patients and communities Page feedback Tell us what you think

Get in touch

Queen Alexandra Hospital,
PO6 3L

© 2020, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust