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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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Working in one of the largest CT colonography services in the country, Zoe Jennings has been talking to us for Healthcare Science Week

Date: 09 March 2021

Zoe Jennings

Did you know PHU has one of the largest CT colonography services in the country?

CT Colonography is a specialised type of CT scan that looks at the large bowel (or colon) to check for bowel cancer and other bowel pathology. As one of the largest services, this means the department sees lots of scans from patients across the area.

As part of Healthcare Science Week, we have been celebrating the many colleagues we have in our healthcare science workforce, including Zoe Jennings, CT and MRI Radiographer with advanced practice in CT Colongraphy.

Zoe joined us in 2011 working in the x-ray department after training as a diagnostic radiographer. After a few years in the x-ray department, Zoe moved to the CT and MRI department where she has worked since in a variety of roles.

Zoe’s specialised skills means she is able to read scans that otherwise would be interpreted by Radiologists. She explained: “Ordinarily, Radiologists (x-ray doctors) report these scans. However, my advance practice means that I report these scans too, helping to ease the workload from the radiologists, speed up reporting times and make the patient pathway more streamline.”

Zoe is the first CT reporting radiographer at PHU. The large volume of scans performed at QA saw Zoe reach 1,000 CT colon reports within her first 15 months of starting the role - meaning she had looked at around 12,000m of colon!

Nothing is too much for Zoe, as part of the management team she is always there to support her colleagues and patients, which she demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic when she adapted her job role and working patterns. This led to Zoe being awarded runner up of the Working Together Always Improving award at last year’s Pride of Portsmouth Awards.

It’s safe to say Zoe has had a successful career, which she says she actually stumbled across after completing her health and social care college course. “I always knew I wanted to work within healthcare, but actually stumbled across radiography after finishing my studies,” Zoe said. “I love my job as it allows me to work within a multidisciplinary team, with a variety of healthcare professionals and patients. Coming for a scan can often be a scary experience, but if I can be that friendly face, ensuring every contact I have counts so that patients leave with a smile, that’s invaluable.”

Zoe says that radiography is an excellent career choice with a versatile range of specialties to consider, including x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and many more. Advanced practitioner radiographers are becoming common place in radiology departments across the country which provides a great opportunity to broaden scope and undertake certain practices alongside other medical colleagues.

Thanks Zoe! #HCSWeek21

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