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Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


A stay in hospital can be a daunting time for anyone whether it is for a short or long time. But having someone with you can help you recover and make you feel more at ease.

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. 

Visiting suspended at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA)


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.

Maternity Visiting Times

Last updated: 28 October 2019

Visiting the maternity unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital

We appreciate that the arrival of a baby is a special event and that relatives and friends will wish to visit women who are in hospital both before and after the birth of a baby.

However for a number of reasons, including security, infection control and the privacy and dignity of other women, we need to limit the number of visitors around a bed at any one time.

Therefore the maternity team has agreed that on B5, B6 and B7 wards the patient’s partner plus two other visitors may visit at any one time. In normal circumstances, partners are not able to stay overnight once baby has been born, for the privacy of other women on the unit and the security of the babies.  

Visitors are limited to two nominated birth partners only in B8 (the labour Ward)

Visiting hours on B5, B6 and B7 are as follows;

  • Partner visiting is between 9am and 9pm
  • For all other visitors, visiting is between 2pm and 7pm.

Patients’ own children do not require passes and are permitted to visit but we regret that no other children are permitted to visit.

We are monitoring and adapting this pass system regularly to meet the needs of the patients whilst also complying with Trust requirements.

The Maternity Department reserves the right to request that visitors leave if patient care or safety is compromised.  

Patients and visitors are asked to ensure each pass is handed back to Reception before leaving and visitors are also asked to please wait in the refreshment areas of the main hospital if waiting for a pass to become available and not to congregate in the corridor outside the maternity unit.

Visitors will be issued with a coloured pass on arrival at the inpatient reception for B6 and B7 and once both passes have been issued, we regret that no further visitors will be permitted on to the ward.

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