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.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

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

National No Smoking Day

Date: 10 March 2021

Today is National ‘No Smoking Day’ and health professionals are urging people to make today the day they quit.

Smoking rates have declined in Portsmouth over the last few years but 16.4% of adults living in the local area still smoke - above the average for England. 

We spoke to PHU consultant respiratory physician Alexander Hicks who said: “There has never been a more important time to stop smoking with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a vital step to improve health and well-being and avoid hospital admissions.

“It also protects others from second-hand exposure in the home during lockdown and finally has major financial benefits during these difficult times.”

The current evidence on smoking and coronavirus (COVID-19) is in development but Public Health England have advised that if you smoke, you generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infection and of more severe symptoms once infected.

Since January 2019, the Queen Alexandra Hospital site has been smoke-free as part of our commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our staff, patients and visitors.

Vaping or the use of e-cigarettes is allowed in the outdoor spaces of our site. It is not allowed inside any of the buildings.

We also ask visitors and patients to be respectful of others and not use e-cigarettes outside our entrances or by windows.

All patients coming for appointments or procedures will be asked if they smoke. If you are a smoker then we will provide you with some very brief advice on how to quit. If you're staying with us for longer periods, then various nicotine replacement therapies will be offered to you. It’s never too late to make this big change to your life!

There are many advice and support groups that can help you quit smoking. Listed below are a number of organisations that can help you quit for good:

  • Quit 4 Life - A free NHS service helping people in Hampshire who want to stop smoking.
  • Portsmouth Wellbeing Service - The wellbeing service offers free support to help you quit smoking, drink less alcohol, eat well and move more. It's available at venues across Portsmouth.
  • One You - Public Health England’s public-facing guidance on making healthy changes to your live.
  • Action on Smoking and Health - A campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.
  • Smoke Free - NHS website that provides information and resources around stopping smoking and second-hand smoke.
  • QUIT - UK charity that helps smokers to stop and young people to never start. They provide a diverse range of services including helplines and community programmes in 8 different languages.
  • Helplines
  • Quitline - 0800 00 22 00
  • Bengali Quitline - 0800 00 22 44   
  • Hindi Quitline - 0800 00 22 66
  • Gujarati Quitline - 0800 00 22 55   
  • Dads Quitline - 0800 00 22 11  
  • National Help line: 0800 0224332
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