A stay in hospital can be a daunting time for anyone whether it is for a short or long time. But having someone with you can help you recover and make you feel more at ease.
Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting.
At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.
We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
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.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Date: 02 January 2020
Top health officials at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT) are urging people to protect themselves and their families from flu to avoid being taken ill with the virus over the Christmas period.
Healthcare workers at the Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA) in Cosham are doing their part, with over 70% of frontline staff already vaccinated to help protect their patients, colleagues, loved ones and themselves.
In order to help improve staff access to the vaccine, the Trust also increased its number of workplace vaccinators from 44 in 2018 to over 90 this year. Clinics, trolley dashes and jabathons are being held across the hospital this week in a bid to drive up vaccination rates even further.
Liz Rix, Chief Nurse at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, who is also a workplace vaccinator herself, commented: “Our workplace vaccinators have done a brilliant job vaccinating over 5,000 staff so far from all over the Trust. We want to protect our patients, protect our families and protect each other from flu and you can help us by getting your flu jab as soon as possible.”
Flu is much worse than a heavy cold. For some people, particularly those in the ‘at risk’ groups, flu can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. That is why it is so important for people to get the vaccine, as you may not be at risk yourself, but you can still pass the virus on to someone who is more vulnerable.
Free NHS flu vaccines are available for people whose welfare may be at risk if they get the flu, including:
John Knighton, Medical Director at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “Flu cases are on the increase across the country, but there is still time to be vaccinated in this area before the likely peak in our community over the next few weeks. This week in particular, before Christmas and New Year, is the best time to see your GP and get the vaccine, especially if you are in a high risk group.”
Chief Nurse Liz Rix and Medical Director John Knighton encourage flu jabs:
To find out more about the flu virus, symptoms and treatment, go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/