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.

News

Firefighters offer support and assistance to QA Critical Care Unit

Date: 26 March 2021

Group photo of staff from QA Critical Care and HIOW firefighters

More firefighters have stepped up to offer support and assistance to those serving on the NHS frontline.

Following on from a partnership between Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and University Hospital Southampton, a total of 27 firefighters have now been deployed across four of the region’s hospitals.

The firefighters have joined doctors, nurses and therapy teams to provide support to the intensive care units at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

The hospitals have welcomed them to work side-by-side with their clinical teams, working long and demanding shifts to help with tasks such as proning, a vital technique used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Cate Leighton, Divisional Director of Clinical Professions at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, said: “The Critical Care team and wider Trust are incredibly grateful for the enthusiasm and dedication of the firefighters who have volunteered to work with us and our patients.

“They have brought a real boost to our staff during these difficult times and helped support them with a wide range of tasks.

“While numbers are clearly moving in the right direction, we remain caring for a high number of patients with Covid-19 and knowing we have the support of our colleagues from the fire service is very important to all of us at PHU.”

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Medical Response and Health Lead, Station Manager, Alex Rhodes, said: “As a fire service we were pleased to be able to offer support to the amazing teams of NHS staff who have been working flat-out since the start of the pandemic.

“Our firefighters have proved they have a valuable role to play and we are pleased that we have been able to offer assistance in this way.”

Watch Manager Dan Joslin is one of eight firefighters detached to work in Portsmouth. He said: “When the opportunity came up to give a little help, I knew I wanted to get involved. We are helping the nursing staff with proning, turning and handling patients, and it has been well received.

“They have been dealing with this for almost a year so I was keen to support them in whatever way I could.

“I think the experience and the backgrounds we’ve got has set us up to help. It’s a real privilege that we’ve ben able to do this.”

Firefighters have access to twice-weekly lateral flow tests, vaccinations, and psychological support before and after detachments.

Since the start of the pandemic, personnel from across Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Services have been helping in a variety of ways. This has included driving ambulances, training to become vaccinators at centres in both counties, responding to life-threatening medical emergencies as part of an enhanced co-responder service and performing other tasks to help the community.

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