National Lockdown starts Tuesday 5th January: ‘ Stay at Home’ advice issued

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do. Following on from the announcement from the Government last night (4/1/21) we have provided a Summary of what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown. You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules. Who this guidance is for This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for people who [...]

By |2021-01-05T10:10:06+00:005 January, 2021|News|0 Comments

Christmas and New Year 2020/21 Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Hours

The pharmacies listed in the PDF below should be open as shown. The details are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change. You are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to ensure they are open and have the medication you require. Details of local pharmacies can also be found by visiting Christmas and New Year opening times

By |2020-12-21T17:00:09+00:0021 December, 2020|News|0 Comments

GPs across Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight now beginning to give the Covid-19 vaccine to patients

As the Covid-19 vaccination programme starts to expand, GP surgeries across the area are now starting to administer the vaccine to patients. Some GP practices across the country, including in Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, have starting to take delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine to be administered to patients. Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine. GP practices are working together to set up local vaccination centres in surgeries, community centres and other places, to ensure the vaccine [...]

By |2020-12-18T10:09:31+00:0018 December, 2020|News|0 Comments

Portsmouth is now in Tier 4 – What does it mean?

Tier 4: Stay at Home As Portsmouth has recently been placed in Tier 4, the updated guidance shows what you can and cannot do where tighter restrictions are in place. This means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. These rules will not be relaxed for Christmas for Tier 4 – you cannot form a Christmas bubble in [...]

By |2020-12-22T15:23:39+00:0017 December, 2020|News|0 Comments

National Quality Board – Vacancies for Patient and Public Voice Experts

In alignment with NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE-I) commitment to have two Patient and Public Voice (PPV) representatives on the membership of each board, the National Quality Board is recruiting for two Patient and Public Voice Expert Advisers to join as members to the National Quality Board (NQB) for 12 months from February 2021-February 2022. The NQB provides cross-system leadership to the health and care system on quality, bringing together senior leadership from NHS Improvement (NHSE-I), NHS Digital, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Public Health England (PHE), The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Health Education England (HEE), The Department of Health and Social [...]

By |2020-12-15T10:21:10+00:0015 December, 2020|News|0 Comments

QA Hospital is the only hospital in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area to be on today’s list of 50 hubs starting to administer the Coronavirus Vaccination

Portsmouth Hospital is one of the 50 hubs who will be administrating the Coronavirus Vaccination People aged 80 and over as well as care home workers will be first to receive the jab, along with NHS workers who are at higher risk. As expected, the launch of the programme with the first vaccinations started today (08/12/20) at QA Hospital. There are 50 hubs in the first wave and it has been announced that our local hospital, Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust, will be administrating the Coronavirus Vaccination. Patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a [...]

By |2020-12-08T14:26:57+00:008 December, 2020|News|0 Comments

GP surgery websites in Portsmouth – Healthwatch Portsmouth review of patient information

Healthwatch Portsmouth is publishing today its report written in November of the review taken in August of GP surgery websites. Here is the report GP surgery website review: HWP report FINAL Nov 2020 and the data supporting our review GP Surgery Website Review Survey table 1 The purpose of the desk based community research project was to: To identify the information that could and could not be found on each GP website To gather feedback on the patient experience of using GP practice websites To share this information by publication to members of the public To make recommendations to commissioners and provider We will be sending this [...]

By |2020-12-08T15:36:16+00:004 December, 2020|Event, News|0 Comments

Updated Covid-19 Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable

The guidance has been updated to support the clinically extremely vulnerable in protecting themselves from exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). It replaces previous guidance on shielding that was in place during the 4-week period of National Restrictions. The guidance is set out in 2 parts:Updated advice on protecting the clinically extremely vulnerable, based on the tiers of local restrictions in your area. The advice sets out the additional things people at the highest risk from COVID-19 are advised to do to keep themselves safe for each tier.Updated shielding advice that is more targeted and will only apply in some of the worst affected areas [...]

By |2020-12-01T13:01:48+00:001 December, 2020|News|0 Comments

We Can Be Active

We Can Be Active are running an online conversation for everyone in Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, for those of us who are physically active, those who aren’t, and those who are somewhere in between! Join the conversation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at a time that suits you 17 November - 15 December. They recognise it’s not always easy to get your voice heard. It can be hard to share your personal stories or speak uncomfortable truths to those who need to hear them. This is why they are holding an open, honest online conversation. The online conversation is anonymous – [...]

By |2020-12-01T14:23:37+00:001 December, 2020|News|0 Comments

Portsmouth and Hampshire to follow the new Tier 2 rules from Thurs 3rd December

It has just been announced this morning that Portsmouth and Hampshire and many surrounding areas (except the Isle of Wight)  will need to follow the new rules that have been issued for Tier 2 areas from Thursday 3rd December. To watch a series of videos summarising the new rules in each Tier click on this link below More detailed information about the rules to follow in Tier 2 are available on The restrictions will be reviewed every fortnight with the first review being made on 16th December.

By |2020-12-01T12:31:14+00:0026 November, 2020|Event, News|0 Comments