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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.


Last updated: 04 November 2019

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We believe every patient who enters our hospital should have the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial. We work closely with patients, universities, industry and others, using cutting edge science and technology to create real life tests and treatments that benefit patients more quickly.


We have a reputation for award-winning research and development. We pioneer new medical advances to benefit patients not only in our own hospital but internationally.


In 2018/19 our Research and Innovation Team broke all records by recruiting over 11,700 participants on to clinical trials – almost double the number recruited in 2017/18. This was largely due to the lifesaving Vision D study, which involves using a smartphone app to measure blood pressure and heart rate.


We are ranked second among all large acute Trusts in England for research recruitment, and the top acute Trust in the country when the complexity of our research projects is considered using criteria set by the National Institute of Healthcare Research.


In 2018/19 we saw the seventh highest increase nationally in commercial research year on year, with 29 commercial studies offered to patients.


The majority of care patients receive in hospitals and from their local GPs has come about as a result of clinical research. This includes new medicines to cure and prevent illness, different tests used for diagnosis, and even the way services are organised and staff are trained.


Ultimately, high-quality clinical research means the NHS can improve future healthcare for everyone.


Our Partners

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust works in close collaboration with external partners to further Research and Innovation, including the University of Portsmouth, the National Institute for Health Research and the Wessex Clinical Research Network (CRN).

The Portsmouth Technologies Trials Unit (PTTU) also works in collaboration with clinical researchers, academics, patients and commercial partners to develop research studies relevant to our community. It specialises in working with commercial partners, including SMEs to develop research trials in new health care technologies and also has a broad portfolio of studies including observational studies and qualitative research. To find out more visit 

Contact us

We have a team of dedicated research office staff who are delighted to help with all relevant enquiries:

Office email:
Telephone: 02392 286236 (extension number - 7700 6236)
Post address: Research Office, 1st Floor, Lancaster Building, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO6 3LY

Research and Innovation Privacy Statement

We use personally identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a public authority, we have to ensure that it is a task in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. Please review the HRA website for the general use of patient information in research:

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Please contact us if you would like the contact details of the relevant Data Protection Officer.

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