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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. 

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)

 

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 coronavirus (COVID-19)

Date: 26 February 2020

Stay at home

Stay at home, save lives

On 23 March 2020, the Government announced that it was introducing three new measures to reduce the spread of the infection.

These measures are:

  • Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
  • Closing non-essential shops and community spaces.
  • Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.

People are only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine.
  • one form of exercise a day - alone or with members of your household.
  • any medical need, or to provide care / help a vulnerable person.
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this cannot be done from home.

The Government will look again at these measures after three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

 

What to do if you have symptoms

New guidance from Public Health England around coronavirus is as follows:

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

By staying at home you are helping to greatly reduce the overall amount of infection you and your household could pass onto others.

The symptoms you need to be aware of are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Official “Stay At Home” advice can be found here.

 

Hand hygiene remains incredibly important and everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England 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.

More information can be found on the NHS website here

 

(Updated 25 March 2020)

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