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A stay in hospital can be a daunting time for anyone whether it is for a short or long time. But having someone with you can help you recover and make you feel more at ease.

Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting.

At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.

We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.

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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Information for the public on COVID-19

Date: 11 February 2020

Catch it, bin it, kill it

Information for the public on the outbreak of COVID-19, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms, is available from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England here and is regularly updated.

The NHS across Southampton, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth and Public Health England (PHE) is extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services continue to be available to the public.

The UK’s Chief Medical Officers have stated that the risk to the general public is moderate. Current national guidance remains that if you have arrived to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within the last 14 days, and are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with others as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

National guidance is to call NHS 111 in the first instance who will provide the most up-to-date advice.

Information for the public is available here.

Like the common cold, COVID-19 usually occurs through close contact with a person with COVID-19 via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Everyone is being reminded to follow PHE advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Further information and advice is available via PHE’s “Public health matters” blog which is being regularly updated.

 

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