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Women and Childrens

The Women and Children Clinical Service Centre consists of Maternity and Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health, a Paediatric Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Safeguarding Children Team (Corporate Service).

Gynaecology and Women’s Health

The Department is a Specialist Centre for Gynaecology Oncology and Endometriosis. The inpatient ward is based on A6.

An Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit and Gynaecology Assessment Unit are located on A5 Ward on A Level.

Gynaecology Outpatients is located on D Level.

The gynaecology service at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust provides comprehensive care for women with a wide range of gynaecology issues. The service provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency services.

Our gynaecology ward cares for women who need to stay in hospital after surgery and emergency admissions.  We operate an enhanced recovery programme in which we encourage active recovery after major gynaecological surgery.

We run a wide range of general and specialist clinics including:

- Suspicion of cancer rapid access clinic 
- Cancer follow-up clinics
- Colposcopy and Hysteroscopy clinics
- Continence and urodynamic service
- Outpatient procedure clinics including treatment of Menstrual disorders, fibroids and laparoscopic sterilisation clinic hormone dysfunction clinic
- Endometriosis clinics
- Early pregnancy disorders

Maternity Unit

Our maternity services are based at the Queen Alexandra Hospital. The labour ward is primarily for women with medical, pregnancy or labour complications or for women planning to have an epidural for labour. Queen Alexandra Hospital also has a midwifery led co-located maternity centre, for women with low risk pregnancies but would like the option of a hospital birth. In addition the service provides midwifery led care in the community based in three maternity centres, the Grange Maternity Centre in Petersfield Hospital, Blake Maternity Centre in Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Maternity Centre at St Mary’s Hospital.

We are a centre of excellence for maternity care, providing a comprehensive service and a choice of birth option, including home birth for about 6,000 women each year.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), is situated on B level in the Queen Alexandra Hospital. 
NICU supports the Portsmouth Maternity Service, but also extends its facilities and expertise throughout the Wessex region and beyond.  The Consultant led Maternity Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital is fully equipped and staffed to deal with the most complex pregnancies and is the largest on the South Coast, responsible for over 6,000 births each year.
Our standardised perinatal mortality (stillbirths plus neonatal deaths in the first week of life) is 2.9 per 1000 deliveries and is significantly lower than the national average of 5.4 and the South Central SHA average of 5.2 (all data from the CEMACH report “Perinatal Mortality 2007; United Kingdom; June 2009” and CMACE Perinatal Mortality Report 2008 for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust).

The NICU is a busy tertiary Neonatal Unit with 14 (12 funded) intensive care cots, 19 (15 funded) special care cots and one intensive care isolation cot. 

There are seven full time Consultant Neonatologists and outcomes remain excellent with survival rates well in excess of the national Epicure 2 data.

Paediatric Unit

We aim to be recognised as the best District General Hospital ‘plus’ provider for children and young people (C&YP) in the south region.  We aim to provide a high quality service by ensuring C&YP are seen in a timely way by the most appropriately trained member of staff and in the right environment.  As a multidisciplinary team we work together effectively to provide a seamless service with community providers and tertiary care to ensure C&YP receive the best care throughout their pathway.

The Paediatric Unit is based on Level A at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Children and young people’s services are now provided in a virtual Children’s Hospital.  We provide holistic and family centred care and have processes to ensure young people are transitioned safely into adult services.  

The Paediatric Unit consists of:

- Child Assessment Unit (CAU)
- Starfish Ward (A7) Medical
- Shipwreck Ward (A8) Surgical
- Paediatric Outpatient Department

Our Children’s Assessment Unit (CAU) is for medical emergency admissions in the main. The multidisciplinary team works closely with Emergency Department colleagues and community care partners to provide a high quality of emergency care. This area accommodates ambulatory care review and day medical care procedures for children requiring medical investigations/treatments/tests.

Day surgery and elective surgery for children who have orthopaedic and/or trauma conditions, general surgical conditions, ophthalmology, Urology, ENT and Maxillofacial treatment are cared for on Shipwreck Ward.  This ward also admits young people and those with a chronic illness.

Ward A7 (Starfish) is a busy general medical ward that accommodates three beds for high dependency care.
We have a large paediatric outpatient service where all children across the Trust attend for their specialty appointments, apart from ENT clinics because they require specialised equipment.

We value the input of our patients and families and see them as a vital part of our team contributing to the decisions about their care pathway and proving valuable feedback on the services received to we can continue to improve our service.



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Last updated - 10 June 2016
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