Coronavirus West Berkshire Hospital Updates

Posted April 28, 2020

Covid19 update via Great Western Hospital Stakeholder breifing

24/04/2020

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Royal Berkshire Hospital launches pioneering Covid-19 scheme

A pioneering scheme which allows some patients with suspected Covid-19 symptoms to be monitored and managed from home has been launched at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

It is believed to be one of the first places in the country to use this triage pathway following its successful trials in the Covid hotspots of northern Italy.

The system aims at freeing up demands on hospital staff, and beds and easing pressure on frontline clinicians.

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The Royal Berkshire Hospital has joined the world’s largest clinical trial of drug therapy for patients with Covid-19 – the RECOVERY Study.

Patients with suspected or proven Covid-19 who are admitted to the hospital will be offered the chance to participate in the research, which is taking place at hospitals across the UK and currently has 6,000 patients recruited from 169 different sites. Click here or the image below to read the full press release.


Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

19/04/2020

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust have made changes to some of the services that they offer due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here or the images below to take a look.


Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

04/04/2020

Changes to haematology and oncology services:


Coronavirus Update from Royal Berkshire Hospital:

30/03/2020

Changes to Minor Injury Service

From today Monday 30 March 2020 the Royal Berkshire Hospital will no longer run a Minor Injury Service through the Emergency Department (A&E), as the hospital will be focusing on managing the Covid-19 outbreak.

Patients requiring a minor injury service will need to visit one of these sites:

West Berkshire Community Hospital, Newbury
Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00

Bracknell Healthspace, Bracknell
Opening Hours 08:00-20:00

Townlands Community Hospital, Henley
Opening Hours 10:00-18:30

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for supporting us.


28/03/2020

Royal Berkshire Hospital Update:

During this unprecedented time we have an increased demand for a range of skills including housekeeping. Come and join the team to help us care for our patients. If your interested please email: Temporary.Staffing@royalberkshire.nhs.uk


26/03/2020

Hampshire Hospital Update:

For the safety of our patients, their families and our staff from Monday 30 March all outpatient appointments will be conducted by phone unless there is a clear clinical need.

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Urgent appeal from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust


25/03/2020

Royal Berkshire Hospital Update from Trust Chief Executive Steve McManus:

The next stages in a major Covid-19 action plan aimed at ensuring local patients, staff and communities are guaranteed first class health care and support, have been outlined by hospital leaders today.

The far reaching plan builds on work already in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and is aimed at reassuring people that everything possible is being done to make sure they are kept safe and well during the current Covid-19 outbreak.

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Picture of Steve McManus Chief Executive of Royal Berkshire Hospital outside main entrance of the hospital

Great Western Hospital Update:


23/03/2020

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Update:

With immediate effect from today (Monday 23 March 2020) we will not allow any visitors to our hospitals – with a few exceptions:

  • Maternity – one birth partner only. Strictly no other children.
  • Paediatrics – one parent/guardian only. Strictly no siblings.
  • Patients at the end of life – in the difficult and upsetting circumstances where patients may be at the end of their life, the nurse or midwife in charge will enable up to one visitor per patient to spend time with their loved one.
  • Advocates / visitors who are required to make decisions on behalf of patients who do not have the capacity to make decisions for themselves

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19/03/2020

Great West Hospital asking everyone to do their part to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19


18/03/2020

Oxford University Hospitals on suspending all elective operations

In line with well-established plans, every hospital in England has been asked to suspend all elective (non-urgent) operations.

As the Chief Medical Officer for England has stated, NHS services nationally are likely to come under intense pressure as COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads.

Therefore, in line with well-established plans for situations like this, every hospital in England has been asked to suspend all elective (non-urgent) operations from 15 April 2020 for at least three months, with some other procedures likely to be rescheduled before then.

At Oxford University Hospitals we will be:

  • postponing all routine outpatient appointments for adults and children on all of our hospital sites – but we are exploring the possibility of ‘virtual clinics‘ and telephone consultations for outpatients
  • also postponing all routine inpatient elective surgery for adults and children on all of our hospital sites
  • maintaining as normal at present urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments

More info HERE


17/03/2020

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Update visiting restrictions

In order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus), Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has taken the hard decision to introduce visiting restrictions at all of our hospitals. The sole reason for this is the safety of our patients, our staff and the wider community. Learn more by clicking here.


Royal Berkshire Hospital change number of visitors allowed onto wards


16/03/2020

Great Western Hospital Restrictions


Oxford University Hospital NHS foundation Trust – new rules on visitors to our hospitals

John Radcliffe Hospital West Wing at dusk

With immediate effect, we are limiting visiting to all adult inpatient areas to one visitor per patient – and visiting hours will be restricted to 4.00pm – 7.00pm only.

We are also limiting the number of people who can accompany patients to our Emergency Departments, Emergency Assessment Units (EAU), outpatient departments, antenatal scans and imaging appointments to one person per patient.

In Maternity, we are restricting visitors to one birth partner only for all appointments including scans, the birth itself and postnatal visiting.

In Paediatrics, visiting is restricted to two parents / guardians only – no siblings.

In Maternity and Paediatrics the restrictions on visiting hours will not apply.

Case by case exceptions to the above need to be discussed with the nurse or midwife in charge of the ward or department.

Thank you for your support.