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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NICU and maternity services awarded Certificate of Commitment from UNICEF

Date: 30 April 2021

The NICU team at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust’s neonatal intensive care unit, alongside Portsmouth maternity services, has been awarded a Certificate of Commitment in its first step towards gaining international recognition from the UNICEF UK (United Nations Children's Fund) Baby Friendly Initiative. 

 In the UK, the initiative works with health professionals to ensure that mothers and babies receive high-quality support to enable successful breastfeeding.

 The certificate recognises that a health care facility is dedicated to implementing recognised best practice standards.

 Neonatal feeding specialist at PHU, Alexandra Dawson said: “We decided to join forces with the Baby Friendly Initiative to support relationship building and support all parents to form a strong and loving bond in NICU.”

 Lactation consultant at PHU, Sue Billingham said: “Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as well as cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes later in life.

 “We also know that breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of some cancers – although mums might be more interested in hearing that it’s easier, cheaper and simply less hassle than bottle feeding.

 “We also set out to ensure that all mums and babies are supported to form a strong loving relationship – whatever their choice of feeding method – as this is the best start for every baby.”

 Baby Friendly Initiative programme director at UNICEF, Sue Ashmore said: “Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need.

 “Mothers at Portsmouth NICU and Maternity unit have the satisfaction of knowing that their nurses and midwives are aiming to provide the highest standard of care.”

 Liz Rix, chief nurse at PHU, said, “We are delighted to have been able to take this positive step which will enhance the support we are able to offer women using our services who choose to breastfeed. Thank you to all involved.” 

 

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