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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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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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Meet Queen Alexandra Hospital’s only maxillofacial prosthetist Anna Veli

Date: 07 September 2021

Anna Veli

With a small number of prosthetists across the UK, there are very few units up and down the country able to provide a prosthetist and orthotist service for patients.

Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA) houses one of the largest maxillofacial units, with the laboratory team recently being accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as a training unit to host trainees on a masters’ level.

The unit covers a large geographical area, including Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Bognor Regis and even as far as Jersey - all needing artificial facial and body prostheses.

Anna Veli is the only maxillofacial prosthetist based at QA, a unique role and one we are lucky to have in Portsmouth.

As a maxillofacial prosthetist, Anna uses her skills and knowledge to give back the confidence of her patients who suffer from a facial deformity, whether that be from cancer, trauma or congenital.

Anna is there from the start of a patient’s journey, which can be a distressing time for them. Going through such a change, Anna is there to support them not only clinically, but emotionally too.

“I use my skills to get my patients back to normal life as much as possible. I see patients from the very beginning, when they are very distressed, but with the use of prosthesis I can see them re-enter society again.

“I combine science and art to help them feel whole again. It is a big responsibility to know that my patients really rely on me but knowing I can help them is amazing. That is the most rewarding part of my role,” Anna explained.

Anna will often see patients for the rest of their lives, coming back to see her roughly every year. Anna builds great relationships with her patients, which she says is key in delivering the best patient care - something we are proud of here at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU).

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