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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

Siblings complete 150-mile charity bike ride to mark transplant anniversary

Date: 14 September 2021

Ian and Jenni Rodd

It was a year ago that paediatrician Ian Rodd donated his kidney to his sister, Jenni Rodd, after she was diagnosed with kidney failure.

To mark the anniversary, Ian took on a 150-mile charity bike ride last week cycling the distance between Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA) in Portsmouth to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, with Jenni meeting him along the way.

The family wanted to mark the milestone and how far Jenni has come since the operation, which is how they came up with the idea of a charity bike ride. “Jenni began cycling and walking to aid her recovery, clocking up over 4,000 miles this year alone. We started talking about doing something together to celebrate a year since the transplant, and the gift that it has been to our family.”

The idea grew to a sponsored cycle from QA, where Ian was cared for by the renal team, to Cambridge where the transplant took place.

“The renal team in Portsmouth was absolutely brilliant, explaining everything to me and providing the best care,” Ian noted. “It was amazing that I was able to do this for my sister - all thanks to the transplant teams at QA and Addenbrookes.”

It was after an open conversation with his sister about her deteriorating condition that Ian began tests to see if he was an appropriate organ donor match. Luckily for them, Ian was a suitable candidate.

“I turned out to be a very close match, and my tests were all very reassuring in terms of the safety and suitability of me being a donor. I was brilliantly supported and counselled by the Portsmouth team, and this allowed us to proceed to the next stages in Cambridge,” explained Ian.

Since completing their cycle on Saturday (11 September) they have nearly raised £4,000 for Kidney Research UK.

You can support their fundraising efforts here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-rodd4?fbclid=IwAR0T3j3W6trMPzN7VKqwOmfmReHXoMURx8rdFb2AjFsrwM7JYabiyWTnJ5w

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