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.”

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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…

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…

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.

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Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week

Date: 09 October 2020

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Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) will be once again supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week this year, which starts today and runs until Thursday 15 October.

The annual awareness week, now in its 18th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends, to commemorate babies’ lives and to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss.

A special tree of remembrance has been displayed in the chapel at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA). Parents who have sadly lost a baby at QA, can request that their babies name be written on pink and blue ribbons, which will be added to the tree. 

As the Trust will not be able to hold its usual remembrance service in the chapel, Stephanie Fretter, Bereavement Midwife, and Dawn Banting, Lead Chaplain, will come together this Sunday (11 October) at 2.30pm to remember babies that have sadly died and the families affected.

Any families that have lost their baby and wish them to be remembered on the tree as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week can send their name to Stephanie.Fretter@porthosp.nhs.uk to be included.

Stephanie Fretter, Bereavement Midwife, said: “This year more than ever has shown the importance of remembering those babies that have sadly died, including families who have been affected by pregnancy and baby loss.

“As a Trust, we are pleased to be supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week and I hope that people across the local community join us as we come together to reflect and remember babies that have passed.” 

Buildings and landmarks across Portsmouth will also be lighting up blue and pink today (9 October) in support of Baby Loss Awareness Week, thanks to Portsmouth City Council.

The Portsmouth Guildhall, Isambard Kingdom Brunel multi-storey car park, Portsmouth Central Library and the stair handrails in front of the Civic Offices will be lighting up pink and blue, as well as the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, said: “We are very happy to add our support to this special week and help raise awareness of this issue. The pandemic has made it even harder for many families to bear their loss. Now is the time to come together and show they are not alone.”

Later on in the week, PHU is encouraging the local community to join the global “Wave of Light” on Thursday 15 October. They are invited to join other families across the world by lighting a candle at 7pm and leaving it burning for at least one hour to remember all babies that have died too soon.

Wherever people do this, they will be joining a global Wave of Light in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

 

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