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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.”

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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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Current visiting times

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.”

Read more on visiting times...


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…

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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 University NHS Trust invests in new state of the art technology to replace CT scanners

Date: 24 August 2020

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A seven-month long project to replace two CT scanners at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA) in Portsmouth has been completed, with the first patient being scanned on Friday, 21 August.

It was a significant project which began in February, and involved replacing two outdated CT scanners, as well as the installation of two temporary scanners on the hospital site.

The project followed the announcement that Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) would be one of 78 Trusts across the country receiving a share of £200m government funding for new cancer equipment. Government funding was backed by Trust funds, which enabled PHU to purchase new state of the art scanners.

Lou Herron, Acting CT & MRI Superintendent, said: “The project to replace two of our old CT scanners has been seven months in the making. The administration team, the scanning team and assistant team have all had to find new ways of working and learn new skills. They have done this with great resilience providing first class care to our patients.”

The new scanners will have a real impact on patient care, using the latest technology to produce high-quality images with less radiation.

Ben Ridge, CT Cardiac Lead, explained: “We are always looking for ways to improve the pictures that we take and using these scanners we can get even better pictures with even less radiation. The scanners allow us to do things such as advanced heart scans, advanced lung imaging as well as faster scans for paediatrics.”

69-year-old Lynne Cox, from Denmead, was the first patient to be scanned on one of the new scanners on Friday. Lynne has been a patient at QA since September 2013, when she was referred for a colonoscopy after an abnormal bowel screening test result came back.

Lynne was told she had a malignant tumour, and would later go on to have laparoscopic surgery in October and chemotherapy in the December. Following 12 rounds of chemotherapy, Lynne had six monthly scans which were fortunately clear, but picked up a suspect spot on her liver.

In early 2015, Lynne was referred to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital to have further treatment for her particular cancer, which later led to an invasive operation to remove her gall bladder, appendix and belly button.

Lynne now attends six monthly scans at QA and says she can’t thank the team enough for all that they do. She said: “The team has saved my life. When my journey began back in 2013, it came out of the blue and was a shock to my family.

“Having these regular scans and the support of the team gives me reassurance and is a great part of my wellbeing. I am so thankful for the skill, knowledge and care of the NHS professionals watching over me.”

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