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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.

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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.

News

Breast cancer survivor urges you to still attend your hospital appointments

Date: 05 January 2021

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A patient who was diagnosed with breast cancer during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is using her story to remind people about the importance of attending hospital appointments and not to delay seeking help from healthcare services when needed.

Mary Purdy, from Lee-on-the-Solent, was given the diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer back in March.

The news that no one wants to hear, the 60-year-old feared the worst. “I was in total shock, and I cried, a lot,” explains Mary. “I hoped to never hear that dreaded word, it totally knocked me back.”

Mary’s diagnosis was picked up after attending her routine mammogram appointment at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. Had she not attended, she could have been left undiagnosed until she developed symptoms. “Although I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, luckily we caught it before it was too late. That is why I am using my story in the hope that other women will continue to attend their routine appointments and seek help when needed. We may be in the middle of a pandemic but healthcare services are open and there to see you,” says Mary.

Following her diagnosis, Mary underwent two operations to remove the cancer cells. Mary didn’t wait long before she was back at the hospital for chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. “The whole process was so efficient, they got me in and out so quickly. It was amazing,” Mary notes. “I had no fear coming into the hospital even though it was at the peak of the pandemic. I knew I was in safe hands and the care I received was second to none.”

Completing her radiotherapy treatment two weeks ago, Mary is pleased to be back at home with her husband John of 22-years. “I am waiting for my energy levels to pick up, but I am feeling fine. This is all thanks to the wonderful people at the hospital, they really are smashing.”

Reflecting over the past few months, Mary concludes by reminding people about the importance of visiting a healthcare professional when needed: “I urge anyone to get seen without fear.”

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