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 are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

Leaving home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, […]
5 January, 2021|

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 reaches those who need it most.

Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight sites going live with vaccination clinics currently are:

  • Fareham Community Hospital
  • Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke
  • Festival Hall, Petersfield
  • St Peters Surgery, Southampton
  • New Milton Health Centre
  • Bursledon Surgery
  • Colden Common Surgery
  • Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester
  • Kingston Crescent Surgery, Portsmouth
  • Carisbrooke Health Centre, IoW
  • Solent View Medical Practice, Gosport
  • Portchester Practice
  • Brune Medical Centre, Gosport
  • Brook Lane Surgery, Fareham
  • Waterlooville Health Centre
  • Adelaide Health Centre, Southampton
  • Royal South Hants Hospital (for Southampton Central Primary Care Network)
  • Ladies Walk Surgery, Southampton
  • Chessel Avenue Surgery, Southampton
  • […]

18 December, 2020|

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 Tier 4.

Full guidance can be found here.

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable

This group is advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home.

The updated guidance, which is the same as was in place during November and which clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly urged to follow, includes:


17 December, 2020|

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 Care (DHSC) and Healthwatch. The Board meets 5-6 times per year, and has a focus on workforce development, patient safety, system transformation and other strategic priorities.

Applications for PPV Expert Adviser are welcomed from people who have lived experience of using services (as patients, service users or carers), a robust understanding of the health and care system and its stakeholders and prior experience of sitting on a Board or senior governance forum.

How to apply
Please complete the below application and equal opportunities form to with the subject title: “NQB PPV Expert Adviser application”. The deadline […]

15 December, 2020|

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 hospital stay, will be among the first to receive the life-saving jab.

Hospitals will also begin inviting over 80s in for a jab and work with care home providers to book their staff in to vaccination clinics. Any appointments not used for these groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

NHS staff will be trying to overcome the significant challenge to vaccinate care home residents as soon as possible. GPs and other primary care staff are also being put on standby to start delivering the jab to […]

8 December, 2020|