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.

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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.

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Dr Alice Mortlock PHD celebrates International Women's Day

Date: 08 March 2021

As part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day, we’ve been speaking to some of the phenomenal women who work at PHU and highlighting the vital work they do that has an impact not only here in Portsmouth, but across the whole world.

In addition to the clinical care at PHU, the Trust also has a flourishing research department, which is led by head of research, Dr Alice Mortlock PhD. While research has long been a key part of the NHS, its value has really been demonstrated during the Covid-19 pandemic, with vital research with global public health implications happening right in the heart of Portsmouth. “In our hospital, we have been running a portfolio of urgent public health research studies to try and address many important questions, such as: which treatment gives better outcomes for Covid patients, or how long do Covid antibodies last for,” explains Alice. “We have also supported the delivery of vaccine trials and been involved in sequencing viral genomes. It has been really rewarding knowing that our research data has fed directly into national decision making.”

Indeed, as the country now begins to slowly emerge from the worst stages of the pandemic, Alice and her team have delivered an enormous amount of the research work that has enabled that recovery — even whilst overcoming the challenges of the pandemic itself. “The workload has been huge and managing the day-to-day business together with high levels of staff sickness and redeployment has been a challenge,” says Alice. “But it has been fantastic to see how the team has pulled together to work so flexibly and go above and beyond their roles every single day. Everyone is tired, but when I look back and see what we have achieved as a research team, I am really proud. We have enrolled over 6,800 patients into research studies this year alone.”

Alice’s pride in what the NHS is able to achieve in terms of research is evident. She explains: “The systems and processes that have evolved over the past decade have meant that the NHS can rapidly deliver complex research trials in response to health challenges, such as the Covid pandemic. This integrated research function within the NHS is now admired across the globe.” In fact, these innovations were driven by a woman who Alice names as her own personal role model — Dame Sally Davies, former chief medical officer and the first woman to hold the post. Dame Sally was also director-general of research and development at the Department of Health, and was instrumental in the creation of the National Institute for Health Research, the largest national clinical research funder in Europe. Alice notes that “Under Dame Sally’s leadership, research in the NHS has been completely transformed.”

When asked about the importance of celebrating International Women’s Day, Alice believes the day can make an impact in women setting their sights as high as possible. “Women have a really important contribution to make in leadership roles,” she says. “We have come along way over the past hundred years or so but there is still a long way to go. There are still only two women prime ministers on the Downing Street staircase of portraits and there are many more men than women in the cabinet.

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