Coronavirus West Berkshire Hospital Updates

Posted November 16, 2020

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

16/11/2020

New blood test booking system at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

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A new blood test appointment booking system has been launched at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Bracknell Healthspace.

Patients will now be advised to book their appointments via the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust website blood tests page.


Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

30/10/2020

Maternity Services: Covid19 FAQ

Due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases both locally and nationally, Great Western Hospital have had to reduce the visiting hours for their Maternity Services.

Your partner can now arrange a daily four-hour visit to Hazel ward, which can be either morning (9.30am-1.30pm) or afternoon (2.30pm-6.30pm).

Please be aware that these time slots are arranged to maintain social distancing between visitors, and so there may not always be a choice. Your partner will be allocated their time slot before being transferred to Hazel Ward.

“We know this is difficult, but it’s important that we are doing all we can to protect our vulnerable patients, staff and volunteers. We will continue to review these visiting times as the situation evolves. If you are ever in doubt, please speak to your Community or Hospital Midwife for advice.”

Please click here or on the image above to read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about maternity services during Covid-19 at Great Western Hospital.


Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

29/10/2020

Lights, camera, action – health staff help spread vital messages in foreign language videos

A series of four foreign language videos featuring hospital staff talking about important health issues has been issued to reassure people who need to attend for appointments and surgery that it’s safe to do so.

The films are in PolishNepalesePortuguese and Swahili and more are planned in other languages including Arabic and Punjabi. They are aimed at people who are still reluctant to attend for important hospital appointments or operations because they are worried about Covid and feel they may be a burden on NHS staff or that they may catch Covid.

The films outline the measures being taken to keep people safe and looked after when they come into hospital.


Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

06/10/2020

A series of foreign language videos featuring hospital staff talking about important health issues has been launched today.

Four films in Polish, Nepalese, Portuguese, and Swahili have been made with clinicians and other health care staff from the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Further languages including Arabic and Punjabi are to be added to the list over the next few weeks.

Click here or the image above to read the full story.


West Berkshire Community Hospital

15/09/2020

Please be aware of the new booking system at the urgent treatment centre located at West Berkshire Community Hospital.  For more information click here or the image above.


Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

28/08/2020

Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Board of Directors Microsoft Teams meeting


Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are holding a Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday 3rd September at 9:30am.

People interested in observing are asked to register their interest beforehand by emailing gwh.foundation.trust@nhs.net.

You will then be provided with a Microsoft Teams meeting link and guidelines for observing.

In order to manage meetings effectively, no provision is given for members of the public to ask questions during the meeting.

Members of the public are in attendance as observers, and should anyone have any questions, they may submit a written question via gwh.foundation.trust@nhs.net, prior to the meeting.

To learn more about Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s virtual meetings, please click here. If you would like to view the agenda for this meeting, it will be posted here.


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

28/08/2020

Senior managers from  Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust have issued a personal public ‘thank you’ to colleagues from the independent health sector for their superb support during the Covid crisis.

Nicky Lloyd, Acting CEO of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The pandemic has been incredibly difficult time for everyone across the health system. 
“The support we received from our colleagues in the independent sector has been second to none. Now that we’re easing services back on to our Reading site, we want to reassure people we have taken extensive measures to make their visits here as safe and welcoming as possible.” she added.

Take a look at the message in full by clicking here or on the image above.


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

21/08/2020

Safety Measures for your forthcoming surgical procedure or investigation


19/08/2020 – Future provision of Hydrotherapy services

Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG) is running a 12-week public consultation, starting on the 10 August, to seek views on the future provision of hydrotherapy services in Berkshire West. Berkshire West CCG commissions hydrotherapy services which are currently provided at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

The NHS has a duty to ensure the services and care it provides are fit for purpose and that money is being spent wisely to provide modern, efficient and effective services for the benefit of as many people as possible.

At the end of the 12 week consultation the survey results will be reviewed and discussed by the Berkshire West CCG Governing Body in December 2020, and full information will be shared with all interested parties.

Read further details by clicking HERE


Face covering hospital guidance

The Government has also announced that face covering is mandatory in hospitals for staff and visitors.

Read face covering information from our local hospital trusts by clicking the links below:

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

You can also click here or the image below to read a Government press release about face coverings in hospitals


Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

12/08/2020

Royal Berkshire Hospital CEO Steve McManus seconded to help NHS Test &Trace 

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

Steve McManus, CEO of Royal Berkshire Hospital, starts a six month secondment today for NHS Test & Trace working with the Contain team led by Carolyn Wilkins OBE


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

06/08/2020

Building Berkshire Together: Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s digital platform has been launched, and their are plans to develop a hospital for the local community. Your views are now needed.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust want this new hospital to be built with the real needs of patients and staff firmly in mind. They want their expertise, experience, and ambition to flow through the design of their new hospital.

Please register, take the survey and tell Royal Berkshire what you would like by clicking here or on the image above.


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

04/08/2020

Dr Zac Etheridge, Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Lead for Acute Medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “this is the next step in our ambitious work to improve and transform the way we offer services to our community.

“ED can be an extremely busy and noisy area.  We know people in their 80s and older, and others who are living with frailty, may find this activity very disconcerting, causing confusion or worsening their health problems”, he added.

Click here or the image above to read the full press release.


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

07/07/2020

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.”

Click here or the image above to read the full letter.


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

25/06/2020

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.”

Click here or the image above to read the letter.


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

22/06/2020

New Measures to introduce face masks and coverings

Click here or on the image below to read the full letter,


Berkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

19/06/2020


Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

19/06/2020


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

11/06/2020

“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.”

Click the image above or here to read the details.


Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

04/06/2020

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 hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk/our-services/a… Thank you for your support in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus”


Covid19 update via Great Western Hospital Stakeholder breifing

24/04/2020

Raed the details by clicking here or the image below.

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.

Click here or the image above to read the full details



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.

Click the image for more information


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.

Click the image to read the letter in full:

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

Please click here or on the image below for more information:


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.