Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

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.

Patient Programmes, Support and Events

Last updated: 25 August 2021

Patient Programme and Support

 

Welcome to the Department of Rheumatology

As a new patient to the service, I would like to invite you to our 2 Virtual “Rheumers” meetings, please note our face to face educational events are likely to restart in September 2021.

The RHEUMERS course can help you to understand more about Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases and learn new skills to manage your condition better and take more control from day to day ( please note you can register for both events or just one)

 

Part 1 TBC

           17.45 - 18.45 Microsoft Teams

Part TBC

    17.45 - 18.45 Microsoft Teams

 

  • Overview of the different types of Arthritis and Connective Tissues Diseases
  • Managing Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases – Understanding your medication

 

  • Living well with Arthritis and Connective Tissue diseases – choices made now and reducing the impact later on in life
  • Support and Signposting- information and further support, advice from local and national patient charities, support groups and organisations who may be able to assist you and your family with information, independent advice and support

 

If you would like to register to join these events, or would like more information please email 

Rheumatology.Conference@porthosp.nhs.uk

To "attend" the virtual meeting you will need an email address, access to a PC with Internet access and a completed patient email consent form. By using the QR code below.

 

Arthritis Action held an excellent webinar led by Dr W Holden Consultant Rheumatologist on the COVId19 Vaccination, you can access the video through the following you tube- https://youtu.be/cELqdbTHEfw

 

For more information and advice on COVID-19 and arthritis, visit their dedicated website page: https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/covid-19-advice/

As mentioned on the webinar, below are a number of useful resources for living with arthritis:
- Arthritis-friendly exercises:
https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/living-with-arthritis/resource-centre/exercises/
- Wellbeing resources:
https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/positive-wellbeing/
- Online Self-Management Resource: https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/onlinesme

You can also sign up for the charities email newsletter to be kept informed of future events:
https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/newsletter/

 

 
 

 

 

 

      Other support and information programmes- We also have an extensive list of other programmes available to support you, each month we offer a variety of patient and family education events: -

  • Drug Information Update Events- Virtual Education events topics and dates to be confirmed
  • No Time for Pain -Virtual Education event looking at pain management- Date to be confirmed
  • Flare Roller Coaster – Virtual Education event looking at the causes of flares associated to Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases and how to minimize the impact of flares- Planned for March 2021

 

    • Tired of being tired - 7-week virtual programme looking at the cause of fatigue in arthritis and connective tissue diseases and how to improve your energy levels- Date to be confirmed
  • Put your best foot forward - Virtual Education event looking at foot and ankle pain – Date to be confirmed
  • Broken Bones - Virtual Education event for people who have recently had a fracture - looking at how broken bones heal and ways to aid recovery and prevent further broken bones  Dates to be confirmed

 

  • Keep your chin up - Virtual Education event looking at mood and depression associated to Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases Dates to be confirmed

To find out more about patient education and support programmes, please email Rheumatology.Conference@porthosp.nhs.uk or telephone 02392286935

Local Support                                                                                                          

  • Partners and Friends Through Pain- two patient support groups for people living with persistent/chronic pain in the Fareham/Gosport area
  • National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society- Hydrotherapy and Gym exercises classes
  • ACQA – Local hydrotherapy exercise group for people with arthritis
  • AQUA Silver – Local water-based exercise programme

To find out more about these support groups please contact the Patient Advice and Information line on 02392286935 or email pho-tr.rheumatologypail@nhs.net

On Line Resources-    In addition the programmes detailed above you will find a lot of useful information and videos of previous educational events on the Department of Rheumatology web page https://www.porthosp.nhs.uk/departments/Rheumatology/rheumatology.htm

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your condition or treatment, please feel free to contact the Patient Advice and Information line on 02392286935 or email pho-tr.rheumatologypail@nhs.net

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation, examination or the medical advice of your doctor. This information should not be relied upon to determine a diagnosis or course of treatment.

Yours sincerely Colin Beevor

Colin Beevor- Matron/ Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist- Service Manager

 

 

 

 

 

Support

 

 

 Why is physical activity important for people with arthritis/ connective tissue diseases and osteoporosis?      Flyer

If you have arthritis/ connective tissue diseases and osteoporosis, participating in joint-friendly and weight bearing physical activity can improve your arthritis pain, function, mood, strength of bones and quality of life.

Examples of joint-friendly activities include walking, biking and swimming. Being physically active can also delay the onset of arthritis/ Connective tissue and osteoporosis -related disability and help people to  manage other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Colin Beevor Matron “The Department of Rheumatology – Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is proud of its partnership working with Portsmouth City Council - Independence & Wellbeing Team promoting and supporting people living with arthritis/ connective tissue diseases and osteoporosis to access appropriate local activity and exercise programmes”

For more information please contact  

Physical Activities Co-ordinator

Independence & Wellbeing Team

Portsmouth City Council

Tel: 02392 841762 or Email: IWT@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

 

For more information about exercise and arthritis , Connective Tissue Disease and Osteoporosis

Versus Arthritis

https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/exercising-with-arthritis/exercises-for-healthy-joints/

 
National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
https://nass.co.uk/managing-my-as/exercise/back-to-action-exercise-programme/
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
https://www.nras.org.uk/the-importance-of-exercise
Royal Osteoporosis Society
https://theros.org.uk/

 

Aqua Silver   Leaflet  / Poster

Are you looking for water based exercises classes

Water based exercise remains a popular way of exercising for people living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases.

Like all water exercises, as even water walking is easy on the joints as the,.

  • water’s buoyancy supports the body’s weight  reducing the impact and stress on the joints which can help reduce pain as it strengthens and builds muscle
  • Working out in water can help improve cardiovascular fitness, balance and range of motion.
  • Heated pools – typically 82 to 88 degrees – can help soothe pain. Cooler temps might not make your joints feels as good, but you’ll still reap the workout’s benefits.
  • Water also has greater resistance than air, which means walking in water requires more effort and ultimately burns more calories than walking on land.
  • Remember as you do not weight bear while swimming and water based exercise, you  will need to still  need to add some bone-building workouts to your routine.
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For More Information about AQUA Silver- please contact the OASIS ,Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham Portsmouth PO6 3LY

Phone: 02392 283333 E-mail: oasis@porthosp.nhs.uk 

 

 

If you want to be kept up to date by email about any conferences/ meetings / events, please complete the attached consent form and either return to Mrs Maggie Fletcher (at the address above) or via email to dawn@porthosp.nhs.uk or rheumatology.conference@porthosp.nhs.uk       CONSENT FORM

 

 

 

 

 

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