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.

News

Portsmouth MSK team showcase allotment at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden

Date: 08 July 2022

Colin and Jenny

To raise awareness of the benefits of gardening for those with arthritis, staff and patients for our Musculoskeletal Outpatient services have created a community allotment at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

 

The allotment features raised beds with flowers and vegetables, to ensure it is arthritis friendly, as well as a wildlife hotel and recycled crutches as part of marking 80 years of charity Arthritis Action.

 

Matron and service manager Colin Beevor said: “Building a show garden can be a painstaking, but such a rewarding thing to do to celebrate the charity's birthday.

"We wanted to celebrate the green and gold colours of the charity and give visitors ideas that they can take away for making their garden more arthritis friendly."

 

Musculoskeletal consultant, Dr Steven Young Min added: “Exploring the practical and beautiful garden has to be one of the most enjoyable ways of raising awareness around issues faced by those living with Arthritis and celebrating the work of Arthritis Action.

“This week I have had time to talk to members of the public about how much they love their gardens, and the ways they adapt gardening living with arthritis.”

 

Jean, who has Osteoarthritis, said gardening has really helped her.

 

She said: "Gardening has always been in my life, my father was an avid gardener so I grew up with a keen interest and years of practice. I find it therapeutic, relaxing, and rewarding."

 

Volunteer Jennifer, who has Osteoarthritis in her knees added: “Being outdoors and gardening and watching the wildlife is so therapeutic for myself and people like me living with arthritis.

“Whilst the pain is always with you night and day, you just need to find something enjoyable to take your mind off the pain and allows you to relax and gain a sense of fulfilment, my garden is my haven of rest and peace!”.

Visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will be able to visit until Saturday 9 July.

 

About Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust is one of the largest acute hospital trusts in the country treating over half a million patients each year. The Trust is the second largest employer in Portsmouth. It is also a major provider of training and education to a wide range of health professionals.

 

The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire and provide many services to a wider catchment area in excess of two million people. Most of its services are provided at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, but it also offers a range of outpatient and diagnostic facilities closer to patients’ homes in community hospital sites and at local treatment centres throughout South East Hampshire.

The hospital also hosts the country’s largest Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit, Joint Hospitals Group South, treating current and former members of the armed forces and their families and training clinicians.

 

 

 

 

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