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.

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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…

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.

News

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust urges community to get flu jab ahead of Christmas

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:

  • Children aged two and three,
  • Primary school aged children
  • Adults aged 65 or over
  • Pregnant woman
  • People living with certain medical conditions including asthma or other respiratory conditions
  • Those living in care homes
  • Those caring for an elderly or disabled person

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/

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