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.

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Liver cancer patients to receive enhanced care using state-of-the-art equipment at Queen Alexandra Hospital

Date: 08 June 2021

liver ablation

Patients with liver cancer can expect better outcomes and enhanced care with the implementation of a new service at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU).

PHU, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, has recently introduced microwave ablation, a new service being provided within the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

Microwave ablation of a liver tumour is a procedure that is used to destroy cancerous cells through heating. To achieve this, needles are placed into the specific part of the liver using image guidance (CT or ultrasound). It works by disturbing the water molecules to produce heat which destroys cancer cells.

Dr Christopher Ball, consultant radiologist, said: “We are delighted to be introducing this new service, not only to improve the experience of our patients, but to also benefit the professional development of the Diagnostic Imaging team by learning new skills.

“We recently treated our first patient using this state-of-the-art equipment which was a success. They are now at home recovering well.”

This new service will provide safe, efficient and holistic care for patients, as well as reduce recovery time, save resources and improve patient’s wellbeing. It will also reduce carbon footprint with patients not needing to travel to access it elsewhere and it will alleviate waiting times.

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