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.

Developing QA Hospital

Last updated: 03 September 2021

New ED Artist impression
Brand new ward building
New carpark impression

Improving Queen Alexandra Hospital for patients, carers and colleagues

Over the next few years we are planning a number of significant improvements to the QA Hospital site to ensure we can continue to deliver high quality services in efficient, well-maintained and well-designed buildings.

These include our new emergency department, a new ward building and additional beds, a multi-storey car park, and improvements to our entrances and a new outpatient pharmacy.

Better facilities will help us to build on our role as a university hospital, driving research and innovation to improve the care we provide, and deliver high quality services.

Increasing the amount of clinical space available will not only help us to meet the growing demand for our hospital services, but also enable us to provide care in the most modern, welcoming and safe environments for our patients and visitors.

We also have extensive plans to improve the ‘biodiversity’ on site: creating green spaces, planting trees, shrubs, and other plants to improve the environment for our patients, local community and colleagues.

Creating walkways, along with calm rest areas to enhance wellbeing, as well as encouraging sustainable travel options are all central to our plans to transform the QA site for everyone who needs us.

 

Our new emergency department (ED) is supported by £58 million of national funding and will provide a modern, light and welcoming environment for our patients, their families and our colleagues.

In June 2021, we submitted an outline planning application to Portsmouth City Council, which marks the next step in developing the new facility.

The new ED will provide the opportunity to implement best practice for patients needing urgent and emergency care, enhance patient safety and will mean our colleagues will be able to work in a more streamlined way. This will enable faster decision-making and prompter care, meaning people visiting the department will receive the treatment they need in a timely way.

The design will see adults and children treated in single rooms, not only improving privacy and dignity but also enabling any patient with symptoms of Coronavirus or other respiratory conditions to be isolated quickly.

Furthermore, doubling resus capacity from four adult bays to eight will provide additional capacity for patients needing treatment for critical conditions, while two further paediatric resus bays will be provided for children and a new CT scanner, located within the ED, will mean patients requiring a specialist scan will be able to have one without leaving the department.

The new department will also be energy-efficient, include easy-to-understand signage and wayfinding for visitors, and provide our staff team with dedicated rest areas to support their wellbeing.

This is a long-term project that will bring a complete change to our existing emergency services and is due for completion by the end of 2024.

If you would like to be kept updated or get involved as we develop our new emergency department, please email us at bbec@porthosp.nhs.uk.

 

Enabling works for a brand new ward building at QA Hospital started in March 2021, with diggers and dumper trucks beginning work on the north car park site.

The project will see additional beds provided at the hospital, in a modern and welcoming environment for patients requiring rehabilitation from head injuries or stroke.

They form part of our ongoing strategy to maintain and improve our buildings, facilities and environment for the benefit of our patients, visitors and colleagues.

The development is a vital component of our wider plans, in collaboration with partners across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, to make sure that patients who need urgent care are able to access it more quickly. It is also key to increasing resilience to support our existing partnership with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Parts of the north car park will have restricted access during construction, however there will still be spaces available for patients and visitors in the multi-storey car park outside the main entrance of the hospital, as well as other parking across the site. We are doing all we can to minimise disruption during the works.

A new four-storey car park for more than 500 vehicles is planned as part of our wider programme of making significant improvements across QA hospital.

The new multi-storey car park for patients and visitors will be located alongside our brand new ward building.

Subject to the approval of the business case, the car park – which has been designed to minimise the visual impact and will include motion sensors to minimise light pollution – will provide more than 500 car parking spaces, six motorcycle spaces and infrastructure for electric vehicle charging points.

Parts of the north car park will have restricted access during construction, however there will still be spaces available for patients and visitors in the multi-storey car park outside the main entrance of the hospital, as well as other parking across the site. We are doing all we can to minimise disruption during the works.

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