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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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News

Portsmouth research team break record with highest number of patients recruited to trials

Date: 29 April 2022

Penny and Anoop

Our research teams across Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) have recruited the highest amount of patients to clinical trials in 2021/2022 since it started its trial portfolio in 2008.

More than 14,240 patients have taken part in 127 studies across 26 departments in the Trust, with more than 7500 of those involved in COVID-19 to help advance global understanding of the virus.

 

The Trust is ranked as the highest recruiting large acute trust across the country and 11th of all Trusts.

PHU is also ranked 11th nationally for COVID trial recruitment with 5,410 patients into the Clinical Characterisation Protocol study, 2,492 into a home grown Stop-Covid19 study and 317 into the SIREN study.

Our vaccine studies have welcomed 238 patients and 609 patients were recruited into the RECOVERY trial, which tests a range of treatments for patients hospitalised with COVID-19.

PHU is the third highest recruiting site in the UK for the trial.

 

Mum-of-three Kerry Brooks was recruited on to the RECOVERY trial after she came into Queen Alexandra Hospital with COVID-19.

Kerry has rheumatoid arthritis and rare chronic lung condition, bronchiolitis obliterans, which makes her more vulnerable to the virus. She is currently awaiting a lung transplant.

The 46-year-old said: “The research team were so lovely and Liz the research nurse was so helpful and explained about the trial and how it works.

“Taking part in research is good because it can help you and it is really important because it can help others in the future as well.”

 

 

To support further COVID-19 research and recruitment of patients to trials, a new Medical Research Unit (MRU) has opened at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

 

Anoop Chauhan, executive director of research at PHU said: “I am so proud of what our research teams have achieved over the last two years working with colleagues across the Trust to improve patient care through involvement in several studies, including national COVID trials.

“Every single patient in our Trust who has taken part in our research trials has contributed to the development of future and we really couldn’t do it without the support of our community.

“Our new MRU will help us continue to do further research studies with our patients to improve care and benefit their experience.”

 

Chief executive Penny Emerit said: “I want to say a massive well done to all of our research teams. What an amazing achievement it is to get to more than 14,000.

“It is really important that we take the opportunity to celebrate and be really proud of what we have achieved.”

 

Research nurse lead Sharon McCready added: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to both our patients and staff within PHU who have gifted their time to support our studies. 

“We could not achieve this without teamwork, I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support.”

 

To find out more about research at PHU, visit www.porthosp.nhs.uk/research

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