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We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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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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Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


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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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Wessex Academic Health Science Network shortlisted for the 2020 HSJ Patient Safety Awards

Date: 17 July 2020

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Wessex Academic Health Science Network (WAHSN) are delighted that the Time to ACT Project Team has been shortlisted for Patient Safety Team of the Year at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

The Time to ACT Project Team has been selected due to the impact that the project has had on patient and staff experiences.

The initial aim of the team was to develop and introduce a collection of essential information in a standardised way across all adult inpatient wards at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA), Portsmouth, to improve assessment, early identification and response to deteriorating patients with the Trust.

Work on the project began in September 2016 and by June 2018 the team had successfully launched across all adult inpatients wards at QA Hospital. This meant more patients showing cause for concern were escalated and seen in a timelier manner.

The Time to ACT team included people from across the Trust including ward managers, nursing teams, consultants, junior doctors and educators. It was their feedback and support that enabled the project to easily become a part of their everyday work.

It was important for the team to ensure that patients and their families felt involved in the process so a leaflet was created to explain the guidelines to patients and who family could speak to on the ward if they had concerns about their loved one.

The project’s impact on staff confidence also improved with nursing staff raising 20 per cent more escalations than previously and clinicians seeing eight per cent more patients.

The Time to ACT team continues to learn from the work they are doing and looking for ways to improve not just patient safety but patient experience. They have been invited to take part in numerous conferences including presenting at the NHS Improvement conference in February 2019 on using early warning scores to support clinical judgement.

Sara Blakeley, Clinical Director ICU and Nicola Sayer, Resuscitation Manager, Time to ACT Project Team leads, at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said, “We are delighted that the Time to ACT Project Team has been shortlisted for Patient Safety Team of the Year. This is recognition of three years collaborative efforts and dedication of our team members in partnership with Wessex AHSN.

“We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for our patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a fantastic achievement. This nomination has been a tremendous boost to the team and it will inspire us to continue to the next phase of the project to improve patient safety.”

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually as part of the Patient Safety Virtual Congress and Awards in November 2020.

The full list of nominees for the 2020 HSJ Patient Safety Awards can be found here.

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