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

Hear from our Keith Elshaw during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Date: 24 March 2022

March is #ProstateCancerAwareness Month and we caught up with PHU patient Keith Elshaw about his recent experience of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and his treatment so far.

Keith remembers, “I was diagnosed in June 2021 with prostate cancer. I hadn’t had any major symptoms, just the occasional difficulty emptying my bladder through the night. I thought I should mention it to my GP and from there they took a blood test.”

Following Keith’s diagnosis, he had six rounds of chemotherapy and also became involved with a research trial at PHU called STAMPEDE.

STAMPEDE trial is testing whether hormone therapy given as patches instead of injections which can treat prostate cancer, just as well as standard hormone therapy, without causing some of the usual side effects.

Keith said, “My treatment involved hormone therapy patches which can reduce testosterone and also increase your oestrogen to counteract some of the side effects.”

“If your concerned about anything just contact your GP, but even if you have no symptoms, if you are a man over fifty ask for a PSA blood test, prostate cancer can affect you with very few symptoms and the earlier it can be detected, the better.”

For further information about prostate cancer and knowing the signs, head to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/ and https://prostatecanceruk.org/

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