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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.

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

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

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