Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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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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Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


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

Find out how your school can get involved in research at QA

Date: 28 January 2020

Time: 16:00

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One of the latest innovations within the Research Department hasn’t been about medicines or technology, but about people. The Young People Patient Research Ambassador group launched in October 2019 and includes Year 11 and 12 students from local schools and colleges who are interested in working in healthcare or research once they leave education.

Sharon McCready, Senior Research Nurse said: “This young people’s group is something we’ve wanted to do for so long and I’m really excited that it’s now happening!”

Group members have been meeting practising Consultants, Research Fellows and Scientists at QA Hospital and giving feedback on research studies, in the same way as the existing adult PRA group.

Last week they were given a guided tour of the research labs by Dr Sharon Glaysher and Scott Elliot, Biomedical Scientists, who talked to them about the exciting and innovative studies that are currently running in the labs, including the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) to help identify biomarkers in cancer and other diseases.

One of the students on the tour said: "I really wanted to come because this is what I want to do when I’m older, and I didn’t want to miss it!”

This is group is supported by Sharon Court, who is the Patient and Public Involvement Facilitator within the Research Dept.

If you’d like to know more about how you or your school could get involved in research, please contact her at: sharon.court@porthosp.nhs.uk

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