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.”

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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.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

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

Critical Incident at PHU stood down

Date: 14 July 2022

On Monday 11 July we had to declare a critical incident due to the extreme pressures across the Queen Alexandra Hospital site. This was due to an increasingly challenging staffing position and the added strain of the prolonged high temperatures this week.

Through the incredible efforts of our staff and together with our system partners, we have been able to stand down the incident as of today.

Although we have been able to stand down the critical incident, we anticipate the pressures on the urgent and emergency care services will continue and we need help from our community.

You can help us by:

  • only using the Emergency Department for life threatening conditions and injuries
  • Visiting www.111.nhs.uk for advice on where to go to get the care you need
  • helping your loved ones get home as soon as possible so we can ensure patients flow through the hospital

As the warm weather continues, it’s important to protect yourselves from the sun.

If you are spending time outdoors remember to take water or other hydrating drinks with you and protect yourself from the sun during the hottest hours of the day, usually between 11:00-15:00.

Our top tips:

  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Use cool spaces if going outdoors
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, vulnerable adults, or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
  • If you have to go outside in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day
  • Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
  • During warm weather, going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief. If you are going into open water to cool-down, take care and follow local safety advice.

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If you are feeling unwell from the heat you can:

  • Move to a cool place
  • Lie down and raise your feet slightly
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Cool your skin by spraying or sponging it with cold water

We are extremely grateful to our staff and the wider NHS and social care community for coming together as one team to ensure everybody receives the care they need.

 

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