A new scheme to help prepare elderly patients return home after being discharged is being launched at Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra Hospital. Volunteers will assist with shopping, collecting prescriptions or medication, and transportation to medical appointments for up to six weeks. The measure has been found to halve the number of people having to be readmitted within three months.
The scheme will be run by the Royal Voluntary Service. Research conducted by the charity, assisted by the Kings Fund, identified that older people returning home from hospital without enough support are more than twice as likely to be readmitted within three months.
As part of the service, the volunteer will prepare the person's home, making sure the heating and lights are on and that the kitchen is stocked with essentials.
David McCullough, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: "This service will mean more older people will receive the support of a caring volunteer who will be there to help them get back on their feet after a stay in hospital. We know that placing a volunteer at the centre of a person's recovery plan can make a huge difference."
Linda Field, Head of Nursing for Medicine for Older People, Rehabilitation and Stroke at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "These volunteers will make a significant difference to the lives of older people after they are discharged from QA. Their support will be invaluable in helping our patients, some of whom may have been in hospital for a length of time, to settle back into their own homes. This ongoing support benefits patients hugely, and has a positive impact on physical health as well as emotional wellbeing.
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:
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.
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.
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.".
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."
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.