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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

Celebrating our long service staff on the NHS 74th Birthday

Date: 04 July 2022

Nuala in her first year at PHU

Tomorrow marks 74 years since the NHS was formed and the NHS Birthday is a chance to celebrate healthcare workers for going above and beyond.

Respiratory nurses Liz Walker and Nuala Whitehead retired last week after working at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust for more than 40 years each.

When the pair joined the respiratory department, there was two consultants and two nurses.

The department now boasts more than 20 consultants, 15 nurse specialists and a multi-disciplinary team including physiotherapists and physiologists.

Nuala, who started in an acute medical ward and has just retired as a Tuberculosis Nurse Specialist, said: “Nursing is a wonderful career. There are highs and lows but even the lows in time enrich your career.  It provides an opportunity to make a meaningful difference, big or small to people’s lives.

“The patients and people I have worked with, the narrative that can surround them can be like a novel or a news story. They can also be heart-breaking as their situation is often tragic, but it is also uplifting and inspirational.

“I think we would all agree that the best part of our role is being able to treat people for a condition for which there is a cure. “

Liz, who joined the NHS in 1980, said: “I have so many favourite memories of my time at PHU but the main reason I love working here is the people. Those I have worked with throughout my career and the wonderful patients and their families I have been privileged to look after.

“One of the most memorable things was as part of my role working with the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists I was asked if I would be available to go to America with Stephen Hawking to care for him on a trip he was making. Ultimately the trip was cancelled as he wasn’t well enough to go.”

To celebrate their retirement Nuala and Liz will be completing a 500 mile walk through the Pyrenees and across northern Spain -  a dream trip the pair have talked about throughout their career.

 

Respiratory colleague, Dr Edmund Neville is celebrating 50 years in the NHS and worked with both Liz and Nuala in their early days.

For his dedication to patients and the education of staff, he won the South East NHS Parliamentary Lifetime Achievement Award. The national winner will be announced at a ceremony in Westminster on Wednesday 6 July.

 

Gynaecology staff nurse Lois Le Lion has a strong family tie to PHU after her parents met here when they both did their training in the early 1950s – just after the NHS was formed.

She did her nurse training in the same place just 27 years later and has been with PHU for 45 years.

 

Lois said: “My best memory was attaining my ward sister post back in the early 1980s.

“Since I joined I think that the biggest change is technology with Digimeds and robotic surgeries.

“I'm 65 this year and have now dropped my hour but I'd like to stay for a few more years because I still love my job.”

 

Our chief nurse Liz Rix is also celebrating 40 years with the NHS this year.

She said: “I have had the pleasure and privilege to be a nurse for 40 years and have worked with amazing and dedicated colleagues during this time.

 

“It never ceases to amaze me the family that is NHS staff support each other, are dedicated and committed. I am proud to be a nurse and very #proudtobePHU.”

 

Liz added: “We have so many people here that have been part of the NHS for so long. Being a part of change and evolving in their roles and career has meant that they have all had a part in the care of 1000s of patients and their loved ones. I want to say a big thank you to them.”

 

NHS Long service members celebrating anniversaries this year:

50 years

  • Pharmacist Jane Marshall
  • Dr Edward Neville

40 years

  • Chief nurse - Liz Rix
  • Emergency Department Ward Manager - Julie Macdonald
  • Neurology Nurse Specialist - Charles Bell
  • Tuberculosis Nurse Specialist – Nuala Whitehead
  • Vascular Access Nurse Specialist - Sarah Katterhorn
  • Gynaecology staff nurse – Lois Le Lion
  • Orthopaedics ward manager – Sandra Dewis
  • AMU ward manager – Heather Evans
  • Lotus Rehab ward manager – Susan Morris
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