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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.

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.


Arthritis “flare” workshop for patients

Date: 07 March 2020

Time: 09:30 to 12:30

An arthritis and connective tissue disease “flare” is technically defined as an episode of increased or worsening symptoms.

Most people with arthritis and connective tissue diseases typically realise they are in a flare when certain changes occur. There is usually intense pain which may be described as constant or persistent. Other symptoms may include fatigue or fever.

This workshop is presented by members of the Rheumatology Team who are experts in the management of flares associated to arthritis and connective tissue diseases.

The workshop will be held from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the Fracture Clinic, C Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest by emailing, calling 02392286638 or write to:

Rheumatology Conferences and Education Programmes
Rheumatology Department
Queen Alexandra Hospital
Southwick Hill Road

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