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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.”
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.
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.
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Date: 05 October 2021
Thanks to government funding, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) has invested in three new mammography units, which will have a significant impact on the ability to find new cancers at an early stage.
These new state-of-the-art machines have been installed in the Breast Screening Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA), and offer a new technique and improved image quality allowing teams to provide safer and more timely care.
The replacements have come at a perfect time for the department as it begins to increase services since the COVID-19 pandemic. Vicky Bremner, superintendent radiographer, said: “The department has had to adapt and undergo a complete refurbishment, including the installation of three new mammography machines. These new machines provide improved techniques, increasing our ability to detect breast cancer in the very early stages. This not only enhances the patient experience but also improves staff morale as we can now offer the latest imaging techniques and see more patients in our clinics.”
Katie Butler who attended the unit for a mammogram said: “I thought I would write to you to say how well organised the breast screening unit was at Gosport. In these difficult times, the ladies ran their system with great efficiency and were very welcoming. Screening is a daunting thing as it can be quite a painful couple of minutes. I was treated extremely gently, and the procedure wasn’t as painful as I expected. My mammographer was very caring, understanding and professional.”
Thanks to the hard work of the team, the programme has also acquired two new mobile units. There are now three units situated across the local area, as well as support clinics running at QA. From October, the mobile units will be relocating to Locksheath and Cosham.
Dr Angelique Beling, director of breast screening, added: “I am incredibly proud to be working with such a dedicated team who are focused on getting the screening programme back on track following the impact of the pandemic. I would like to extend my deepest thanks to our partners in the community for their ongoing support in allowing us to site our mobile screening vans on their premises and to our clients for their patience and understanding in dealing with the measures we have had to put in place to keep everyone safe.”
Although screening can be daunting or uncomfortable, women are encouraged to attend when they are invited. These scans are vitally important and if anything abnormal is spotted early, it could potentially save a person’s life.
Women are asked to arrive on time for their appointment and not early in order to follow social distancing rules and to keep everyone safe and must also wear a mask or face covering when attending.