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Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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.


Christmas at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Date: 27 November 2019

Christmas event banner

The Christmas lights are up throughout the city and the shops are busier than ever, which can only mean one thing…. the festive season is here.

Here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT), we know that it can be difficult for our patients and their families to be in hospital over Christmas. There are also patients who don’t have loved ones living nearby and face the prospect of spending Christmas alone. Due to this PHT and Portsmouth Hospitals Charity want to do what we can to bring a spot of festive cheer to our wards and departments.

Over the coming month we have numerous events and activities taking place at Queen Alexandra Hospital including visits from Portsmouth Football Club, the casts of local pantomimes and choirs performing in the main entrance of the hospital. We are also delighted that this year Portsmouth Hospitals Charity and the League of Friends have kindly sponsored a Christmas tree in our main entrance.

We would like to invite patients, staff and the public to visit the numerous choir performances taking place during December in the QA Hospital main entrance and you can find the dates and times below:




Friday 29 November

4.20pm to 5.30pm

Sing Now Choir

Tuesday 3 December

10.15am to 10.30am

TOPS Nursery

Tuesday 3 December

12.30pm to 3pm

Portsmouth High School Choir

Friday 6 December


Purbrook Junior School Choir

Saturday 7 December

2pm to 4pm

Spinnaker Chorus

Monday 9 December

7pm to 8.30pm

Paulsgrove Community Singers

Tuesday 10 December

2pm to 3pm

Cosham Sing For Life Choir

Wednesday 11 December

1pm to 2pm

Pompey Pluckers

Thursday 12 December

7pm to 7.50pm

The Urban Voice Group (UVG)

Saturday 14 December

1pm to 3pm

Glee Club UK Choir

Monday 16 December

6.30pm to 8pm

Baroque Choir

Wednesday 18 December

Midday to 12.30pm and 2pm to 2.30pm

Fine Voice Choir

Friday 20 December

4pm to 6pm

Bubbles Fund Choir

Saturday 21 December

2pm to 3.30pm

Spirit of the South Choir


The Children’s Bubbles Fund is also hosting a Christmas Market from Friday 6 December (4pm to 8pm) to Saturday 7 December (midday to 8pm) in Car Park 7, near the main entrance to QA Hospital. There will be arts and crafts, refreshments, donkey rides on the Saturday (subject to weather conditions) and a Santa’s Grotto priced at £5 per child.

How else can you get involved?

Christmas presents

We also know that many local individuals, schools and companies want to kindly donate presents for our patients and staff on Christmas Day so to help with this we have created a handy list of suggested items, which can be found below. To help you in the delivery of any gifts you may wish to donate, we plan to hold a series of drop off sessions from mid-December. If you would like to donate before then, please contact for more information.

Christmas present ideas

Food and drink

  • Foods in sealed packaging with a long shelf life
  • Sugar free boiled sweets

Personal items

  • Slipper Socks (must have grip bottoms)
  • Boxes of tissues
  • Toiletry bags
  • Toiletries including flannels, hairbrush and combs, hairbands, shower gel, shaving foam and disposable razors, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, roll-on deodorant, emery boards and denture pots

Games and activities

  • Colouring books for both adults and children
  • Colouring pencils and notepads
  • Children’s toys and sticker books
  • Large print reading books
  • Magazines
  • Small games such as playing cards, Connect 4, UNO
  • Puzzles and jigsaws for adults and children including crosswords and Sukoku
  • Teddies
  • DVDs – old films, musicals and children’s films
  • CDs – 30,40,50 and 60s music as well as more recent compilation albums

Unfortunately we are unable to accept any gifts containing alcohol, tobacco or candles. Due to infection control, we are unable to accept second hand goods for the wards; however these can be dropped into the Charity shop on C level, North Entrance, for resale.

In order to make sure the items are suitable for the ward we are sending them to, we need to see them so please deliver any items to us unwrapped. We can accept items in gift bags if you would like to provide gifts in those.

Purchase raffle tickets

Portsmouth Hospitals Charity is selling raffle tickets this year where you have the chance to win numerous prizes including Christmas hampers, an Amazon Echo and a 50” TV. They are available to purchase for £1 per ticket and can be bought from the Charity shop on C level, North Entrance or by calling the Charity team on 02392 286000 ext. 5927.

  • Summary:

    The Christmas lights are up throughout the city and the shops are busier than ever, which can only mean one thing…. the festive season is here.

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