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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.

Respect and Protect campaign

Last updated: 09 March 2020

#RespectandProtect campaign: combatting acts of violence and aggression against our staff

No-one in the NHS, regardless of where they work, or what position they hold, should experience any form of abuse at work.

We undertook research to understand where our staff are at greatest risk of this behaviour and to make sure we are doing all we can to protect them. The outcome was our Respect and Protect campaign.

At the centre of the campaign is our seven point plan which outlines the action we are taking including:

  • Providing emotional support for all staff who are victims of verbal or physical abuse
  • Making it easier for staff to report incidents by introducing touch screen terminals to record details of any assaults
  • Actively encouraging staff to report assaults to the police and support them through this process if they choose to do so
  • Providing training and support to staff to minimise the risk of assaults
  • Reviewing reported incidents of violence to ensure we learn from any opportunities to prevent future incidents
  • Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive, recently wrote to officials Portsmouth Magistrate’s Court highlighting the impact on individuals and teams across the organisation of acts of violence and aggression against our staff. The letter was considered in support of a prosecution following an assault on a nurse at our hospital on Boxing Day 2019. It is believed to be among the first times that a Chief Executive of an NHS organisation has taken such action. Read the full letter here.





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