Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust


Our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant

  • Family members retain their place on NHS waiting lists, if moved around the UK due to the service person being posted
  • Veterans should receive priority treatment for a condition relating to their service, subject to clinical need 
  • Those injured in service should be cared for in a way which reflects the nation’s moral obligation to them by healthcare professionals with an understanding of the Armed Forces culture.

As a Veteran Aware Hospital:

  • We strive to be an exemplar of the best care for veterans and their families.
  • We encourage all patients to let us know if they have ever served in the HM Armed Forces so that we can best support their care needs.
  • We are committed to learning from our patients and their families to improve quality of care.

We have recently appointed an ‘Armed Forces Covenant Lead Nurse’ (the only such role in the South East) to ensure the Covenant is fully met within the Trust, managing a new quarterly initiative actively recruiting to ‘NHS’ and ‘Engie’ vacancies.

About us

We have been rated "GOOD" overall by the Care Quality Commission. Queen Alexandra Hospital started life more than a century ago as a military hospital. Today it is one of the largest, most modern hospitals on the south coast, with 1,200 beds, hosting a Joint Hospital Group. We provide comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire, offering some tertiary services to a wider catchment exceeding two million people. The Trust employs over 7,300 staff and is the largest employer in Portsmouth.

Our Trust Vision is Working Together driving excellence in care for our patients and communities.

Why come to Portsmouth?

Ideally situated on the south coast of England, Portsmouth is the UK’s only island city and certainly has something for everyone. With sunny beaches, thriving nightlife, festivals, live music venues, museums and galleries, two cathedrals, a diverse literary heritage and much more it is the ideal place to explore, socialise and indulge in our vibrant and dynamic seaside life.