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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.

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.

Patient and Public Involvement

Last updated: 04 November 2019

Without patients and members of the public giving up their time to participate, clinical research would not exist.

Recruiting more patients and volunteers for research projects gives us a better chance of finding solid, reliable data from our clinical trials, which can then be used to improve treatment in hospitals and communities all across the UK, and often internationally.

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are a particular type of research which normally compare one treatment to another. They are the most accurate method that scientists have of testing what works best - and there are thousands of trials being carried out each year in a huge range of clinical areas within both the NHS and private industry. 

Taking part in a clinical trial

If you are interested or would like to take part in a clinical trial, there are different ways of finding a study that you may be eligible for:
Ask Your GP - It's OK to ask!

If you have a condition that means you make regular hospital visits, then ask your GP or clinician about clinical research

Contact us:

If you’re interested in taking part in clinical research, or would like to get in touch for any other reason, please contact us at research.office@porthosp.nhs.uk  

NIHR (National Institute of Health Research):
Search for clinical trials in the UK by condition and location. https://www.nihr.ac.uk/patients-carers-and-the-public/i-want-to-take-part-in-a-study.htm .

You don't even need to take part in a clinical trial to become involved in clinical research. For example you could:

  • Join one of our focus groups to give input into research projects
  • Become a  Patient Research Ambassador
  • Help us in raising local awareness of clinical research
  • Provide information to our researchers to help their work
  • Help to write patient questionnaires and other documents

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these please contact us at research.office@porthosp.nhs.uk

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