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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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PHU's paediatric department welcomes music therapist thanks to family of former patient

Date: 29 April 2021

PHU welcomes new music therapist

The family of a former patient have funded a music therapist for the paediatric department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in memory of their music-loving son.

Amy and Craig O’Shaughnessy from Fareham started charity George’s Rockstars in tribute to their six-year-old son George, who had leukaemia and passed away in August 2019.

Music therapist Cathy Birch has completed her first few COVID secure sessions in the department with some of our youngest patients.

Cathy said: “It is amazing to be able to bring such joy to these patients and their families at what can be a really difficult time.

“It can also help some of the younger ones to express feelings they may not be able to communicate and that is really important as well.

“The paediatric team have been so welcoming and enthusiastic, and I think it brings them joy as well to see their patients happy.”

One patient who enjoyed his music session was three-year-old Theo Bickley-Vaile from Portsmouth, who has leukaemia.

His mother Sam said: “I think it is great. Theo is such an active and inquisitive child and he has really enjoyed playing with the different instruments and just doing things that he would do at home like any other child.”

Paediatric staff nurse at PHU, Amy Haywood added: “Lots of our patients and their families are in quite regularly so having the music therapy sessions means they can have a positive memory from their time here.

“It is also so nice for us staff to hear the music and see our patients having some fun.”

The O’Shaughnessy family are hoping to raise money to fund more music therapists at other hospitals.

Amy O’Shaughnessy said: “When George spent some time at Bristol Children’s Hospital, he did some music therapy sessions which he really enjoyed and we wanted to bring that to more youngsters.

“We are thrilled that our charity has been able to fund Cathy for the department and it is so lovely to hear about the patients who have been able to enjoy the sessions just like our George.”

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