We know how important it is for patients and families to be able to see visitors. Please help us keep our patients and staff as safe as possible by checking the guidance below before you visiting.
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 Voluntary Services team can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.
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.”
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.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
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.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Date: 29 September 2021
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised earlier this year that pregnant women should be offered the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Data shows, nationally, most pregnant women hospitalised with the virus have not had the vaccine.
Figures also revealed that no pregnant women with both doses of the vaccine had been admitted to hospital.
Becky Illsley from Southampton is 22 weeks pregnant with her second child and has had her first Pfizer vaccine.
The 33-year-old said: “My husband and I had COVID-19 back in January and we were quite unwell for four or five days. We had to look after our one-year-old at the same time which was challenging with both of us not feeling good.
“I am 22 weeks pregnant and my husband was quite keen for me to get the vaccine to protect me and our baby.
“I was on the fence about it, but the midwives were encouraging me but said at the end of the day it is your decision.
“I think it’s important for everyone to make their own decision but for me it was about weighing up the risk and having COVID could mean that I and my baby are ill.”
Clinical lead midwife for public health at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and prevention lead for SHIP maternity (Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth) Debbie Hill said: “Thousands of women have received the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy with no reported ill effects and the vaccine is also safe to have if you are breast feeding.
“It is known that the COVID-19 vaccine does not cross the placenta, but the antibodies you make do helping to protect your baby and recent studies have shown that no pregnant women that had had both of her vaccines had been admitted to hospital with COVID-19.
“Vaccines save lives and getting the COVID-19 jab can keep you and your baby safe and out of hospital.”
Any pregnant women who have questions or concerns about the vaccine can speak to their GP, midwife or obstetrician to get more information and advice.
To book an appointment to get your jab, visit the NHS National Booking Service website or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnant, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have put together a Q&A to provide further information.