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.

News

MP for Fareham Suella Braverman officially unveils new chemotherapy unit at Fareham Community Hospital

Date: 11 May 2022

FCH chemo unit opening

It was a morning of celebrations at Fareham Community Hospital (FCH) last Friday (6 May), as colleagues gathered to officially open a new chemotherapy unit, run by Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU).

Cutting the ribbon was MP for Fareham, Suella Braverman, who was delighted to unveil the new unit. She said: “I was honoured to cut the ribbon and unveil Fareham Community Hospital’s new chemotherapy unit on Friday. It is incredible to see my Future Vision for FCH being implemented and this would not have been possible without the incredible cooperation of the Friends of Fareham Community Hospital and PHU.

“The new chemotherapy unit will vastly improve travel times for patients locally, whilst also offering a new and up to date ten-station capacity. I am inspired by the hard work of both the NHS staff and friends of the hospital, who have come together to create a space that is first and foremost tailored to patient needs.”

With the demand on cancer services growing year on year and more patients needing treatment at Queen Alexandra Hospital, the new ten-station unit will help ease those pressures by offering additional capacity.

Heather Narey, matron, said: “The number of patients being diagnosed with cancer goes up by eight per cent each year, so the main unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital is very busy, with increasing demands. Opening this new unit will greatly improve the patient experience, bringing treatment closer to home, in a quieter and welcoming environment.”

One patient who has greatly benefited from the opening is 36-year-old Claire McGlone, from Locks Heath. After her diagnosis of breast cancer in November 2021, Claire was attending QA for treatment before being transferred to Fareham Community Hospital.

She said: “I wasn’t completely shocked by my diagnosis because I have seen many relatives go through the same journey, but that didn’t stop me thinking of the worst-case scenario. The team has been fantastic and for what I thought the experience was going to be like in my head, they have really got me through.

“Being able to come to Fareham Community Hospital for treatment has been much easier. You feel like you’re here for a much shorter amount of time and it’s nice being able to get to know other patients from your local area. I’m very grateful.”

Running the new unit is unit manager Maria Pittman, who said: “I'm so proud of the opening it makes such a difference to patients. Our capacity at Queen Alexandra Hospital is increasing more and more, we need to treat more patients so this will have such a positive impact. Not only for our main hospital unit but also for patients who can now access treatment closer to their homes.”

Supporting the project was Portsmouth Hospitals Charity who funded over £27,000 enhancements across the unit. To make the unit as relaxing as possible, volunteers from Friends of Fareham Community Hospital also helped to transform the outside space so patients to have something nice to look at while receiving treatment.

Anne Foord, chair of Friends of Fareham Community Hospital, commented: “The Friends of Fareham Community Hospital are really invested in the hospital to make the experience for patients the best it can be. We have some really lovely volunteers, who helped to tidy up the garden space outside the new unit, providing a more calming and welcoming environment.”

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