When a friend or family member becomes unable to cope on their own, you may find yourself looking after them without being paid for the support. Common causes of this situation can be long term conditions, mental health problems or a disability. This may become overwhelming and the support team based at Queen Alexandra hospital are here to help you. These services include:
The support workers are based in the Hospital during the week, offering help and advise to people who look after someone. To get in contact with the team or speak to your ward or use the contact details on the right hand side. You can also find lots of information at the 'Carers Corner' located at the main entrance on A level, in the Health Information Area.
Family carers and visitors play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to the active involvement of family carers during a hospital stay of the person they care for and enabling patients to keep in contact with friends and family.
We have written 'You Are Welcome' visiting guidance based on the principles of John’s Campaign, which gives the right to stay with someone with dementia combined with feedback from patients and the local family carer community. Patients have told us a more flexible and inclusive approach to visiting would improve the overall experience of patients and there is a need to better recognize the valuable contribution that family carers make.
Arrangements can be made between the ward staff and yourself as the carer on admission to hospital which ensures you all understand the role you will wish to have in the participation of caring for your loved one or friend. All carers are offered a referral to the QA Carers Team, details of which can be found below.
While you are in our care, there are a number of principles we aim to meet for support you;
Family carers are welcomed during the hospital stay of the person they care for.
They will be supported to participate in care to the extent they, and the person they care for, wishes.
Carers will be offered a carer’s assessment and a referral to the QA Carers Team to ensure appropriate support during hospital stay and in preparation for discharge.
Carers will be actively involved in care and discharge planning to ensure the safe, effective and timely discharge of patients.
Visitors are encouraged to help patients maintain contact with their friends and family.
Wards and departments will provide local visiting times based on the needs of their patients.
Out of hours visiting may be agreed with the ward team.
You also told us you would like to have a tangible passport that you could keep with you that would support any agreements made with the ward staff. We wrote the 'This Is Us' carers passport to do just that.
A copy of 'This Is Us' can be downloaded HERE
A copy of the guiding principles can be downloaded HERE
For any further information, if you live within PO1 - PO6 please contact or visit the Portsmouth Carers centre. If you live outside of PO1 - PO6, please contact the Princess Royal Trust. Alternatively, you can download the leaflets below.
Telephone: 023 9285 1864
Website: Search for 'Carers' on www.portsmouth.gov.uk
Come and visit at:
117 Orchard Road
Download the Portsmouth Carers Centre referral leaflet by clicking HERE
Telephone: 01264 835246
Emergency Planning Helpline: 0800 169 1577
Download the Princess Royal Trust referral leaflet by clicking HERE
Download the Princess Royal Trust emergency planning leaflet by clicking HERE
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