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.

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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.

Staff spotlight

Last updated: 11 February 2022

Putting a spotlight on members of the research and innovation team! 


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To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, our research support assistant Erin James wanted to share her journey into research through an apprenticeship.

She said: “I started my apprenticeship in the research department during September 2018 and completed it in July 2021. This was a degree apprenticeship, which involved me attending the University of Portsmouth once a fortnight to complete a Business Leadership and Management degree.

“I found this opportunity to be really engaging and beneficial to my career. My academic learning at university was enhanced by workplace experience in my research administration role. I loved being able to gain workplace experience and a salary, all while expanding my knowledge!

“After completing my apprenticeship, I have remained in the research department, taking on a research support assistant role.

“I now hope to continue my developing career within the clinical research sector, which is a career path I may never have considered or had the relevant experience for without my previous apprenticeship opportunity.

“I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who aspires to increase their qualifications while kick-starting their career in a new profession. There are so many exciting opportunities on offer!”


Having recently been nominated for, and winning PHU’s junior doctor award for his outstanding contribution to education, research, and improvement, it’s been a whirlwind year for Dr Ben Giles, who joined the Hepatology Department as a clinical research fellow in August 2020.

Increasing rates of liver-related deaths in the UK, a lack of effective treatments in many areas of hepatology, as well as an interest in the specialty, first led to Ben getting involved in hepatology research:

“By gaining this invaluable experience I have been able to see first-hand the direct correlation between research and the positive impact it can have on treatments and patient outcomes.”

Despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic, Ben set up the UK's first national registry for people with Polycystic Liver Disease (PLD) which is currently being expanded to other sites across the UK. Ben’s work has also culminated in PHU becoming the first centre in the UK to complete data collection of over 100 patients in a national Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) audit. In addition, he carried out a controlled evaluation of the impact of the Portsmouth Liver Centre’s nurse-led decompensated cirrhosis service on patient outcomes. This highlighted the huge impact this service has in reducing unplanned hospital re-admissions and deaths in this high-risk patient group.

Over the past year, Ben has conducted a five-year review to evaluate ‘aMAP’, a scoring system to help predict hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) for patients with cirrhosis - a leading cause of death in patients with chronic viral hepatitis and globally, the fourth most frequent cause of cancer-related death. Ben's study was the first evaluation of aMAP in an unselected UK population, and demonstrated that HCC patients have a "high risk" score up to five years before their presentation with cancer and was recently presented at the national UK-HCC conference.  By identifying this risk in the early stages will potentially allow more focused surveillance of patients at higher risk.

During the second wave of Covid-19, Ben made an enormous contribution to the delivery of urgent Covid-19 therapy trials here in Portsmouth. He also worked on a project looking at the differences in severity of disease in patients with the B.1.1.7 (alpha or ‘Kent’) Covid-19 variant which was recently published.

“It is incredibly rewarding to see how research and collation of data can lead to successfully identifying new treatments for patients. It was a real honour recently to be involved with a particular patient’s discharge from hospital who had Covid-19. Had it not been for her receiving a new treatment for Covid-19 that we researched as part of the Recovery trial here in Portsmouth, she may have required admission to the intensive care unit and quite possibly have died.”

Ben’s links:

Publications: The SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant and increased clinical severity-the jury is out.
Twitter: @BenGiles146

I am starting the fourth year of my part-time PHD at the University of Portsmouth and also work as a senior cardiac physiologist at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU).

My PHD study is called GLASSheart and is investigating heart function by using non-standard echocardiography (echo) and blood results in patients who have been admitted with sepsis or septic shock to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham. Patients participating in the study have an echo and bloods done on admission, and during their three-month follow-up. My study sits within the National Institute of Health’s research portfolio.

Although significantly delayed due to covid, it has been fantastic to start meeting and recruiting patients and follow them along the GLASSheart journey. Seeing patients progress from being seriously ill in ICU, to walking through my clinic door with a smile, may well be the best part of research! Working with the research staff at PHU has been incredibly rewarding and I’m not sure how I could have done it without their support.

Research patient, Phil Gibbs from Waterlooville, is involved in the study and said: “Getting involved in research is one way I can help the NHS. Research is so vital for us to gain a better understanding of medical conditions. We always need to keep finding out and discovering new treatments.

“By taking part in the GLASSheart study, I hope I can help clinicians gain a further understanding of sepsis in the heart and its impact on patients and their quality of life. I would recommend anyone who is able to, to get involved in research.”

On what will make the study a success, Emma said that identifying heart failure early in sepsis and septic shock could help clinicians consider alternative treatments for patients. This study lays the foundation of knowledge, it doesn’t look to change the treatments. The legacy of sepsis and septic shock on heart function is currently unknown, however the GLASSheart study could help identify how patients could benefit from post-discharge cardiac involvement and if early involvement might help improve their quality of life.

She added, “I am excited to see the results of my GLASSheart study and how it could improve patient outcomes. A multi-centre study in the future could help build on findings, and something that I would love to be involved in! It would be great to see a wider range of clinical staff getting involved in research and I would love to include research as part of my future role after completing my PhD.”

Thank you to Ambu ECG electrodes and Cardiac Remotes Ltd who have kindly supported and funded the additional research costs.

How to contact Emma:
: @em_echo

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After qualifying as a diagnostic radiographer in 2010, I began my journey into research by undertaking a Master’s in medical ultrasound. Following my studies, I wanted to find out more about gastrointestinal ultrasound, particularly pancreatic cystic lesions. Alongside this, I wanted to do further research into patients who were closely observing and monitoring their own condition and their experience. This led to my successful bid to receive predoctoral and doctoral research funding.

I am now working towards a PhD which aims to understand and identify improvements for the patients that I work with. My PhD has provided me with a number of fantastic opportunities to engage in research in my area of interest as well as the wider radiography and ultrasound workforce. Through sharing the work I have done to date, it’s been really encouraging to see how much interest this has generated with colleagues. I am therefore really keen to promote research and improve engagement within clinical departments, but also the role of clinical academics which has led to some of my more recent publications.

As highlighted in my most recent article, the future for clinical academics is an exciting but uncertain one. With my PhD fellowship due to end in 2022, and with the leadership skills I have gained, I hope that the opportunity to combine research into my clinical role at PHU comes to fruition and I can continue to help improve patient experiences and encourage research engagement locally and nationally.

Recent Publications:

Radiography online: A paper written with other Radiographers describing the challenges and benefits of developing clinical academics within the profession. The article hopes to encourage others to engage in research to benefit patients and services. 

Twitter journal club: A paper analysing a twitter journal club for ultrasound practitioners. The journal club was the first one for the British medical ultrasound society, and discusses the points raised and the success of this type of continued professional development for ultrasound operators. The paper aims to promote further engagement with research online. 

Radiography journal podcast: As a journal editor I have created this podcast to discuss publications, as well as specific conversations with published authors about their research. By understanding and discussing how their work applies to the wider radiography profession and patients, the podcast aims to promote research engagement within the radiography community. I hope to produce a further podcast for the community shortly. 


Twitter: @ReeveRuth


Meet Beth Giddins, a research facilitator and clinical academic at PHU.

I am a research facilitator based at the Portsmouth Research Hub and I provide day-to-day trial management for COVID-19 booster vaccine trials.

I am responsible for ensuring our trials meet research governance and quality standards, such as Good Clinical Practice. These standards are in place in health and social care research to protect the safety and wellbeing of trial participants and data collected is of the highest standard.

My academic background is in research methods and health, and I am interested in exploring participants’ experiences through qualitative methods.

I have recently completed my Masters in Research (MRes) with the school of Healthcare Professions at University of Portsmouth.

Currently I am working in collaboration with the Macmillan Clinical Psychology Service on the CHANCES study (Cancer of the Head and Neck: Client Experiences of Psychological Support).

We are looking at the experience of patients with head and neck cancer who are using a psychological therapy as part of their care.

Current research exploring head and neck cancer patients’ lived experience is limited, despite strong evidence showing that this patient population are more likely to experience distress.

We interviewed patients as part of the study and these allowed them to provide a detailed and rich personal account of their lived experiences.

The findings showed participants found psychological therapy helpful as this provided them with a range of strategies and exercises to use during their treatment as well as activities of daily living.

We can use these experiences to contribute to improving the quality of care to patients by making it more personalised, compassionate, and meaningful.

Another finding from the study included the need for patients to be provided with resources other than leaflets and pamphlets relating to their cancer care.

Following on from the study, colleagues from Macmillan Cancer Support, University of Portsmouth and I are currently designing a postcard to give to clients who are being referred to the service for psychological therapy.

This postcard will contain information about the service, interview quotes from participants, a brief introduction to mindfulness and a breathing exercise for them to try.


Twitter: @GiddinsBeth

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