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.”
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.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
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.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Last updated: 25 August 2021
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
17.45 - 18.45 Microsoft Teams
If you would like to register to join these events, or would like more information please email
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/
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: -
To find out more about patient education and support programmes, please email Rheumatology.Conference@porthosp.nhs.uk or telephone 02392286935
To find out more about these support groups please contact the Patient Advice and Information line on 02392286935 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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,.
For More Information about AQUA Silver- please contact the OASIS ,Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham Portsmouth PO6 3LY
Phone: 02392 283333 E-mail: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com CONSENT FORM