AN MP has paid tribute to staff working at Queen Alexandra Hospital over the holiday period.
Fareham MP Suella Fernandes visited the super-hospital in Cosham and was shown around the site by director of nursing Cathy Stone.
She visited the elderly care ward and A&E over Christmas and the new year.
Miss Fernandes said: ‘I was very pleased to have the chance to visit QA and see for myself the very real challenges they are facing, particularly at this time of year.
‘The dedication of nursing staff like Matron Bev Vaughan in the elderly care ward was inspiring and I pay sincere tribute to her and all her colleagues for all they do.
‘My mother was a nurse for 45 years, so this is something very close to my heart.
‘We discussed some of the difficulties they are facing, such as the issue of patients in transition and the shortage of community beds elsewhere.
‘It was also helpful to see the reality of the situation in A&E, where recent problems with missed targets for waiting times are well-known.
‘To see ambulances literally queuing outside really brings home the pressure they are under, but I was somewhat reassured by the seriousness with which staff are taking action to manage admissions.
‘The use of new IT systems to keep track of patients through the system seems to be helping, but there is still a lot of work to do’