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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.

Survivorship Courses

Last updated: 16 December 2019

The Macmillan Centre run two courses to help you cope with life after your cancer treatment. We plan to run three courses of each per year. 

The courses are: HOPE (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively)

And LYLAC (Live Your Life After Cancer)

Please see the  individual sections for more details.

If you wish to attend these courses, please contact the Macmillan Centre on 02392 283324 or email on

HOPE stands for Help Overcoming Problems Effectively.  It is a licensed programme that helps people who have had cancer to get on with their lives.  These Macmillan courses are free to attend and normally over two days with a follow up session within 3 months, in the Macmillan Centre. They are run by Macmillan trained HOPE facilitators who are either health or social care professionals, lay facilitators who have experience of supporting people affected by cancer, or volunteers who have had a cancer experience themselves.

The course focuses on rediscovering your inner strengths and resilience to help you cope emotionally, psychologically and practically.  There are between 6 to 12 people on each course and time is spent in facilitated discussions, group activities, information sharing and ideas for you to try between each session.

We aim to run the HOPE courses three times a year.

This one-day workshop is for people who have completed their cancer treatment and are looking for ways to regain zest for life and direction.
This day has been developed by two women who have had cancer and are qualified life coaches. The day will be inspiring, motivating and fun.

During this free workshop you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet other people with similar experience
  • Explore the impact of cancer on your life, and use this as a starting point to (re)balance your life
  • Learn about setting goals and about how to create an action plan to achieve your goals
  • Learn how to become and stay motivated
  • Develop skills for living well in the moment

By the end of the day you will have created your own personal plan to move forward in a positive way and you will have gained skills that you can use in everyday life.

Number of participants limited to 20 maximum with two facilitators.
Location: Macmillan Information and Support Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, PO6 3LY
For dates and to register please contact: or call 02392 283323
Questions about the content of this workshop: or call 07901 735207


What people say:

"I can now focus on my future again after a long time feeling in limbo….."
"I have achieved an awful lot by now thinking in a complete different way….."
"It gave me skills for life. Wish I've done this much earlier…...
"What a worthwhile day! Fantastic workshop!...."

We aim to run the LYLAC courses three times a year.

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