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Car parking prices at Queen Alexandra Hospital to go up

Parking charges at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth will increase from next month.

Parking tariffs at the multi-story car park, the north car park and for spaces nearest to the east entrance will increase from Tuesday 1st April this year.

Up to an hour and a half will now cost £1.70, up to two and half hours will cost £3, six hours will cost £7.50 and over 12 hours will cost £16.60.

Patients and visitors who need to attend the hospital over long periods of time can still benefit from a reduced parking rate, at the discretion of the ward or clinic sister.

Peter Mellor, director of corporate affairs and business development at the hospital said:

"Carillion (who manage the car parks) has responded positively to requests from members of the public and local politicians to be as considerate as possible when considering the new parking prices for 2014/15.

The Trust has worked alongside Carillion to ensure the rise in car parking charges at the hospital are fair and remain as low as possible. We are confident that Carillion, in line with its contract, has done the best it can for our patients."

– Peter Mellor, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Man among first to have new bowel cancer treatment

A man from Portsmouth is one of the first person in the country to undergo a new form of medical treatment to shrink a bowel tumour.

Alan Bennett, 68, was part of a national chemoradiotherapy trial at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

The new treatment reduces the size of the cancer, so it can be cut out without removing the rectum. Mr Bennett had to take tablets every day, and had radiotherapy five days a week for five weeks.

His tumour had shrunk enough for him to have keyhole surgery last October, followed by a week in hospital to recover.

Letting the tumour shrink before removing it made the process easier for the surgeon, and ultimately me in the recovery process.

"Three months after the operation I started a course of intravenous chemotherapy to kill off any cancer that may have remained in my body. This involves eight sessions and I'm currently on my fifth. I have one every three weeks, which involves me having medicine pumped into my arm for two-and-a-half hours. Alongside this I also take eight pills a day."

"I'm a positive person and I'm trying to get on with my life. I have five young grandchildren, a wife of over 40 years and a small property business to run, so I have lots to keep me busy.

My obvious fear is that the cancer has spread, which I won't find out for another two months when I go for an MRI scan. But if it has then I will fight it once more and continue to fight it until it's gone."

– Alan Bennett, Chemoradiotherapy patient

"Dealing with bowel cancer has its own challenges but one good thing is that if it is diagnosed at an earlier stage the treatment & outcomes are so good that one can consider it cured after the treatment.

"Some rectal tumours are located so close to the back passage that the only option for patients is an operation to remove the back passage completely, leaving the patient with a permanent stoma (colostomy bag).

"With advances in chemoradiotherapy we are now able to offer this treatment to a wider group of patients.

– Consultant surgeon, Jim Khan

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Woman dies in Stubbington fire

A woman has died and another person has been taken to hospital following a fire in a Hampshire village.

Firefighters were called the blaze in a ground floor flat on Marks Road in Stubbington at 11:23pm last night.

A woman in her fifties died in the fire and another person is being treated at the Queen Alexandra Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

Portsmouth reaction to being in top ten 'most improved' NHS Trusts for cancer care

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The Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth

The Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been rated as one of Britain's top ten most improved hospital trusts for cancer patient care in a national survey of 70,000 patients.

Medical Director Simon Holmes, himself a former cancer surgeon said: "We are absolutely delighted that Portsmouth has emerged so well from this cancer patient experience survey and made such huge improvements.".

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Consultant breast surgeon Mr Constantinos Yiangou & colleague

Consultant breast surgeon Mr Constantinos Yiangou, Chief of Surgery & Cancer at the Queen Alexandra Hospital said:

"Over the years we have created a unit offering the latest treatments and we're very pleased that so many patients are happy with our service...

"But our service is not just about offering patients the latest treatments. To me the attitude of our staff is also very important. We have an outstanding team."

New cancer treatment service for hospital

Patients using the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth will have access to more specialised cancer diagnosis with the appointment of 'InHealth' to deliver a comprehensive PET/CT scanning service for the city and its surrounding areas. The firm will use a state of the art scanner.

“The Nuclear Medicine department is proud to host this new service. The development of PET/CT scanning shows Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s commitment to providing a high quality service for patients with cancer.”

– Dr Simon Ward, Chief of Service for Clinical Support, QA Hospital

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