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Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting.

At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.

We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.

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.


Summer Carpenter talks about her apprenticeship for National Apprenticeship Week

Date: 06 February 2020


This week is National Apprenticeship Week, which aims to highlight apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals.

We are celebrating the week by introducing some of the Apprentices we have here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT).

Summer Carpenter is an Apprentice within the Rheumatology Department at QA Hospital, undertaking her Level 3 Business and Administration Apprenticeship.

No day is the same for Summer, where she can go from manning the reception desk, prepping patient notes ready for clinics to answering patient queries. 

Summer is really enjoying her apprenticeship so far. She says: “I am loving my apprenticeship and the people I work with. I have always been very shy, but being surrounded by such a supportive team I have really grown in myself.

“I look forward to the future and hope to make a brilliant career for myself within the NHS.” 

If you are interested in taking up an apprenticeship at PHT, Summer encourages you to go for it and take advantage of the many opportunities we have to offer. 

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