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 University NHS Trust awarded gold status for supporting Armed Forces Community

Date: 30 July 2020

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After signing the Armed Forces Covenant in 2018, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) is proud to be awarded their gold status today, Thursday 30 July.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme recognises organisations who pledge, demonstrate and advocate their support for the Defence community. Employers can be awarded bronze, silver or gold in alignment with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring those who serve, have served and their families are treated fairly and not disadvantaged. PHU is committed to honouring this, and as Veteran Aware the Trust is driven in providing the best care for people who serve and have served in the armed forces and their families.

Former military colleague, Keith Malcolm, was appointed as Armed Forces Covenant Lead Nurse in 2019. Keith recognises the specific support veteran patients and their families require and is an important role to ensure PHU is upholding its promise to the Armed Forces Covenant. He says: “We strive to be an exemplar of the best care for serving personnel, veterans and the military community, which include spouses, civil partners and dependent children of those who currently are or have served.

“It is a great honour to be awarded gold. It represents the highest badge of honour and a great achievement for the Trust, showing our commitment to upholding the values of the Armed Forces Covenant. ”

PHU offers a range of support for veterans and teams are educated and trained to help identify and respond to veterans needs as well as have an understanding of the military culture.

In addition to this, the Trust delivers a highly in demand nurse led mesothelioma clinic purely for veterans, as well as monthly Cake, Companionship and Camaraderie events to bring serving and former members of the armed forces together over cake and coffee.

Lois Howell, Director of Governance and Risk and Executive Lead for Armed Forces Covenant at PHU, adds: “As the biggest recruiter in the area, recognition for our work with the Armed Forces family is important. Being re-accredited adds credibility to our commitment to deliver a gold standard of care and compassion. This award will have a positive effect on staff morale and is a well-deserved acknowledgment of our dedicated, dynamic and resolute support for our military community.”

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