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MILITARY members of staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital will be selling poppies at the site, from today.

The hospital, which has the largest Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU) in the country, will also be holding a service and two-minute silence on Monday, November 11.

Peter Mellor, director of corporate affairs and business development for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, said: ‘Wearing a poppy is a symbol of remembrance to those who bravely sacrificed their lives to give us the way of life we have today.

‘But we do not just remember the two world wars, we remember those who are currently serving in our armed forces, which for the trust is very important as we have a strong military presence at the hospital.’