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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: 16 December 2019

We provide several different workshops designed to aid cancer patients and their carers in both understanding and relaxation.

The following workshops are currently running regularly within the Centre:

Demystifying Chemotherapy is a regular, free workshop intended for patients soon to be starting intravenous chemotherapy treatment and their carers that aims to help you:

  • Learn more about the effects of chemotherapy and plan ahead for the disruptions treatment may cause
  • Seek out your social support networks
  • Learn how to recognise and control stress with relaxation and guided imagery techniques
  • Find out what professional support is available
  • Meet others starting treatment.

Workshops run on Thursday afternoons. Please contact the Centre to book your place.

Learn to manage your stress. Reducing stress is an important part of being well. During this workshop you will:

  • Learn the value of lowering stress and practicing relaxation and positive thinking
  • Experience meditation, visualisation and relaxation techniques
  • Learn and experience EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). This is a valuable self help tool that uses gentle tapping on the face and upper body acupuncture points. It can change the way we feel and think. EFT is totally safe and compliments all other conventional and complementary treatments.

Stress The 'Come and Relax' workshop takes place in the Macmillan Centre on a Friday morning , bi-monthly, 10:15am to 12:30pm. It is available to all patients of Haematology and Oncology and their carers. Please contact the Centre to book your place.

Do you hate shopping for clothes? Never find a style that you are 100% happy with? Would you like to feel more confident in the way you look, and learn what suits you?

In this workshop you will discover all about body shape, what style of clothes suit you, how to hide the things you don’t like and make the most of things you do!

Clothes This will be an informal, fun afternoon, designed to give you more confidence in yourself.

This workshop runs on Wednesdays, monthly from 2pm - 4pm. Please contact the Centre to book your place.

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