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MDHU Portsmouth

Information about the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Portsmouth:

MDHU Portsmouth (MDHU PM) opened in 2005 and is part of the local National health Service (NHS) hospital Queen Alexandra’s Hospital (QA Hospital) in Cosham, Portsmouth. Many of the staff transferred upon the closure of Royal Hospital Haslar in nearby Gosport.

Though this region is traditionally a Navy area there is a high proportion of army nurses, health care assistants, doctors, etc as well as Royal Air Force (RAF) medical and nursing staff. An appropriately named hospital for members of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC).

Though this hospital was originally a military hospital dating back to 1904 and then a Ministry of Pensions hospital from 1926 caring for ex-servicemen it was handed over to the NHS in 1951 and over the years has been rebuilt and developed.

QA COSHAM Military Hospital

QA Cosham Military Hospital

This photo of QA Cosham Military Hospital has kindly been provided by Mike Booker whose grandfather was here after the Great War.

Mikes's Grandfather was a patient in QA Cosham after 1920 and here is a photo of a ward with patients and nursing staff:

Ward Patients Nursing Staff QA Cosham Military Hospital

The modern Headquarters for the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Portsmouth can be found a short walk away from the main hospital at Albert House.

I have published a book which tells the story of The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital which reveals her origins in the QAIMNS and where she meets a QA veteran of Afghanistan. She still walks her wards and tells her story by taking Scott Grey, a QARANC nurse, to the battlefields of World War One and beyond. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by CG Buswell. Read the first chapter for free.

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A new MDHUPortsmouth and QA Hospital is currently being built and building work should be completed between the year 2008 - 2010.

The first Commanding Officer (CO) of MDHU Portsmouth was Naval Commander William "Bill" Durning.

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MDHU Portsmouth
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Telephone Number: 023 9228 6000

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If you have any information or a photograph of the MDHU Portsmouth for this page then please contact me.

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