Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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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…

Temporary visiting restrictions due to COVID-19

We recently made the difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospital until further notice except in the below exceptional circumstances, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more information about restrictions…


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…

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.

Co-operative Brachytherapy Project (CoBRA)

Last updated: 04 November 2019

The Co-operative Brachytherapy (CoBRA) project aims to develop an innovative technology for robotic biopsy and brachytherapy under MRI guidance. For more information visit the project website at https://cobra-2seas.eu/

The five year project commenced early 2018 and is funded by EU Interreg 2 Seas, involving institutions from the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and France, led by the University of Lille. The project aims to improve the quality of both diagnosis and treatment of localised cancers, initially in the prostate with potential applications for other sites.

The main deliverable will be a robotic arm for both biopsy and brachytherapy treatment (LDR and HDR), utilising a single perineum puncture needle technique, with high precision and accuracy under real-time MRI guidance. The robotic arm software development includes dedicated software responsible for needle and organ motion tracking under MRI, automatic dose optimisation and real time treatment delivery monitoring. A geographic mapping of patient need will also be undertaken.

Portsmouth Hospital Trust’s team, led by Tony Palmer, Head of Medical Physics, will advise on the clinical requirements for brachytherapy and support training on the new robot prototype. If you would like to know more please contact research.office@porthosp.nhs.uk

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