Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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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…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


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.

Research, Service Evaluation and Audit

Last updated: 21 October 2021

Before starting a project, it is important to determine whether a project is classified as research, service evaluation or an audit.

Research generates new knowledge where there is no or limited evidence available and has the potential to be generalisable or transferable.

Generalisable means the findings can be reliably extrapolated from the study to a broader population of patients or service users and/or applied to settings or contexts other than those in which they were tested. Transferable means the findings of a qualitative study can be assumed to be applicable to a similar context or setting. Although qualitative studies are not usually generalisable, they can often be transferable.

If you are unsure if your project is research, please refer to HRA decision tools: http://www.hra-decisiontools.org.uk/research/index.html

Research will normally require Research Ethics Committee (REC) approval. Please refer to the HRA decision tools to confirm if ethics is required for your project: http://hra-decisiontools.org.uk/ethics/ 

If you would wish to carry out a research study, please contact the Research Office.

 

Service Evaluation is designed to examine how standard care is delivered with the intention of generating information to inform local decision-making. If you are planning to carry out a service evaluation, please complete a proposal form and send to research.office@porthosp.nhs.uk The Research Office will review your proposal to ensure it meets the criteria for service evaluation and will issue a confirmation letter.

 

Audit measures existing practice against evidence-based clinical standards. For audit queries, please contact the Clinical Audit department.

  

Useful documents
Defining research table 
A Guide for Clinical Audit, Research and Service Review 
Service evaluation, audit and research: what is the difference? 
HRA decision tools: Is my study research? 
HRA decision tools: Do I need ethics approval?
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