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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. 

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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.


Celebrating Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) at PHT: Radiographers

Date: 06 March 2020

Clare Bower Radiographer

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) are the third largest group of individuals at the Trust. Our dedicated AHPs are able to support patient care through birth to palliative care. They assess, treat and diagnose patients and support with prevention and improvement of health to enable people to live their lives to the full.

To help raise awareness about AHPs and the important role they do, we will be showcasing a different profession each month. To read more about AHPs, please look at our January AHP case study here.

In February we focused on two of our diagnostic radiographers. Diagnostic Radiographers work directly with patients and produce images of the body to support the diagnosis of disease, damage and abnormalities. They use a variety of techniques including x-ray, CT scans, MRI and ultrasound.

We start with Clare Bower, an Interventional Radiographer based in the Radiology Day Case Unit (RDCU) at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Clare has been an Interventional Radiographer for 16 years and spent three years training for a BSc in Diagnostic Radiography before undertaking further in-house training.

Clare said, “I always had an interest in working in Healthcare and particularly enjoyed Human Biology at college. I also liked the variety that being a Radiographer offered, working in multiple specialities with a wide range of patient groups.”

Being an Interventional Radiographer, means Clare provides high quality x-ray imaging during minimally invasive procedures such as vascular stents, embolisations (to stop bleeding) and angiograms to name a few. She operates the machine during procedures and is responsible for making sure everyone is protected against radiation protection. Clare is also an Advanced Practitioner, which means she can perform and report on particular minor procedures.

On the average day, Clare said, “As a multidisciplinary team consisting of Radiologists, Radiographers, Nurses, Health Care Assistants and admin staff, we work together to ensure the patients are prepared and perform a ‘team brief’ before every case. A variety of procedures are booked for the whole day and sometimes across three different rooms, so it is a very busy department.”

She added, “Our unit also takes referrals for inpatients and occasionally we are asked to perform emergency life saving procedures.”

If you’re interested in finding out about a career in Radiology at PHT, please visit our website.


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