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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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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…

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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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Maternity services at PHU go digital transforming care for pregnant women across Portsmouth and SE Hampshire

Date: 22 February 2021

The way in which pregnant women can access maternity services at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) has changed with the implementation of a new digital system, Badgernet Maternity.

From today, Monday 22 February, pregnant women will be able to access their personalised care plans online and via app. This also means that newly pregnant women will no longer need to go through their GP and instead self-refer online for an appointment with the maternity team.

Pregnant women are invited to download the My Maternity Notes app to access care plans, information leaflets, set up appointment reminders and send questions to their midwife for non-urgent support.

This has been an ongoing project with local maternity services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to deliver better care for women and their families. PHU is the first to go digital, with services across the local area to follow.

This new digital system will allow midwives, maternity support workers, doctors, anaesthetists and other specialities to spend more time delivering efficient and timely care.

Once fully implemented across all local services, this will allow the team to easily transfer care between sites, whether as an emergency or elective transfer, or for women receiving care across two Trust’s.

Charlotte Burley, Digital Midwife at PHU, said: “The team are so excited about the implementation of Badgernet Maternity and what this will mean for women in our care, and our staff. It has been a really tough year for the NHS, but this positive change will really improve everything we do, and crucially give us time back to deliver safe and efficient care to women, families and their babies.

“For the women in our care to be able to review their maternity care, and access information about their pregnancy from an app, is a vast improvement to what we offer currently. It will offer personalised care plans, appointment reminders, as well as the option to keep a diary, upload photos, and communicate with their midwife about non-urgent queries.”

Elizabeth Fellows, Chair and Clinical Executive of NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I think this is a really positive development in helping to deliver the best care to women during pregnancy. Given the preference to interact online by so many in the age groups accessing maternity services it's good news that they will now be able to review their care plan and additional information this way, as well as ask questions to their midwife. Those women who can’t get online will still be supported using the current paper system.

“Helping women to have a healthy, worry-free pregnancy is important in ensuring the health of their newborn and puts them in the best position to have a positive postnatal journey. Anything that can assist with this, like this new way of working, should be welcomed.”

Sally Robins, Children and Maternity clinical lead for Fareham, Gosport and South East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am delighted that we are in the initial phase of rolling out the digital personal held record for antenatal and post-natal care for the local maternity system. This will empower our patients to be more involved in all aspects of their health care, providing information and support in a timely way as they enter their maternity journey.

“By also providing a means to review the hospital records through the app, held by the patient, will ensure GPs are able to complement the care these women receive from their midwife and hospital, ensuring best care is achieved at all times."

For women who already have traditional “purple” pregnancy notes, they will continue to use these until they are admitted to hospital. They will be set up with digital notes once discharged home.

For more information about maternity services at PHU click here.

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