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Portsmouth Information

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute health care services to a population of approximately 600,000 within the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire area. These services are provided from three sites at Queen Alexandra Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and Royal Haslar Hospital. PHT has approximately 1500 beds and provides a wide range of medical and surgical services including General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, ENT, Maxillofacial surgery, Paediatrics, Cancer Services and Renal Medicine and Transplant Surgery.    

The laboratory currently offers a full range of bacteriological, virological, mycological and parasitological investigations and a wide range of serological tests. The current annual workload is approximately 350,000 ‘worktypes’ of which acute hospital diagnostic work accounts for about 60%, and work for General Practitioners about 40%. Virology and Chlamydia tests comprise approximately one third of the total. Staffing includes four consultants (one Consultant Virologist) an Associate Specialist and a Clinical Scientist. There is a close relationship with the Infection Control Department of PHT and with staff of the HPA. The laboratory is fully CPA accredited for its clinical work.

Portsmouth offers the trainee a broad experience in clinical, laboratory, management and infection control issues, and an active postgraduate education programme.

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