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

The Playto project

Date: 11 October 2021

Today we are delighted to launch the first episode in a series of videos featuring Playto, the Portsmouth Plesiosaur, on YouTube.

Playto lives in the Solent, off the coast of Portsmouth. He is exceptionally curious about the human world and will take any opportunity to meet new people and find out about how things work. Playto wants to be an adventurer and return to his friends and family in the sea with tales of what he has learnt.

To learn, Playto has decided to visit Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and interview some our staff about what they do, how certain treatments or diagnostics work, and what he can expect coming into hospital. His stories are aimed at children aged between six and 12 years of age.

The first episode sees Playto meeting Judith Scanlan, a paediatric consultant, who showed him how her stethoscope works and why it is used to listen to sounds in your chest.

There are three key aims of the Playto project:

  1. Lifestyle advice, including healthy eating, exercise, and immunisation
  2. Specific anti-fear, including children’s outpatients and imaging
  3. Showcasing diversity of Trust staff roles and stories

The project is mainly aimed at children but could be used in the future for adult education too.

The episodes have been written and directed by Andrew Flatt, care group director for clinical support services, who said, “It is my hope that the Playto project will provide another angle of storytelling in healthcare for the Trust, hopefully reducing children’s fearfulness of the hospital, in addition to raising awareness of services and showcasing Trust diversity.”  

To view the first episode, please visit our Trust YouTube channel.

To read a short introduction to Playto, please click here. 

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