Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust has unveiled plans for a series of substantial enhancements to the QA Hospital site over the next two years – including a new entrance and Marks and Spencer Food outlet.

The initial phase of the project, the main entrance extension, began in mid-May, and is expected to last for approximately 12 months. 

This will introduce a new lecture theatre, Changing Places facility and retail space including a new M&S Food store and The Stock Shop. This will create a “modern, welcoming, and safe environment for patients and visitors”, says the trust.

During this period, visitors to the hospital will experience a few noticeable changes, including the closure of the usual revolving door at the entrance.

However, a temporary side entrance has been opened in its place. Hoarding will also be erected around the construction area to ensure safety and security.

Once the main entrance works are completed, the trust will proceed with the development of the North Entrance. Further details regarding this phase will be shared in due course.

Mark Orchard, the trust’s chief finance officer, said: “This fantastic new development will significantly enhance the experience of those visiting our hospital site.”