Coronavirus West Berkshire Hospital Updates

Posted July 7, 2020

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


RBH Re-introducing Services

Steve McManus, Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“it’s great that now we’re almost Covid free we can resume many of our services on site, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding when we had to pause a lot of this work to concentrate on Covid.

“It’s very important as we resume services that people attend for their treatments. I can assure them we have done everything possible to make the hospital a safe and welcoming place. Of course, this will mean extra footfall on the site and more need for the car parking facility.

We just want to make people aware that from 13 July the barrier will be back in place.”

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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


it’s safe to attend for appointments and vital to keep the dates set for any planned surgery.

Steve McManus, Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said today:

“We are now almost a Covid free hospital with just seven positive patients being treated here at the moment. We’ve implemented major safety procedures to make sure our patients and staff are as protected as possible and we are very anxious that people who do need to come here for treatment do so.”

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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


New Measures to introduce face masks and coverings

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Berkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust


“PLEASE DO NOT VISIT if you have any symptoms of the virus (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste and smell).

All visitors must wear a face covering/mask inside the hospital buildings – please bring your own if you have one. Do not bring any other unnecessary belongings with you.

We understand that this is difficult for lots of people, but it’s very important that we follow the guidelines.

Please follow social distancing rules and wash your hands before entering and leaving the building, and use the alcohol hand gel frequently inside the building.”

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Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


For the safety of our staff, patients and wider community, visiting restrictions remain in place across our hospitals. Contact information for all our wards can be found at… Thank you for your support in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus”

Covid19 update via Great Western Hospital Stakeholder breifing


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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


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


Changes to haematology and oncology services:

Coronavirus Update from Royal Berkshire Hospital:


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.


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:


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


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:


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


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


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


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.