Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Posted November 5, 2021

05/11/2021 – Royal Berkshire Hospital: Redevelopment Community Events

The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, Berkshire

Royal Berkshire Hospital is holding a series of community engagement events for local people to update them on the progress of the redevelopment and ensure that the redevelopment plan meets the needs of staff, patients, visitors and local communities.

These community engagement events will share the latest updates on the redevelopment plans, and welcome suggestions and ideas from the very diverse community around us. All are welcome.

Alison Foster, the Programme Director of Building Berkshire Together Hospital Redevelopment, will also be talking about the Trust’s sustainability work and what we’re doing to achieve Net Zero. The next two events will be online via a webinar. The dates are as follows:

• Wednesday 10 November (15.00-16.30 hrs)
• Wednesday 17 November (18.00-19.30 hrs)

More face-to-face engagement events will be organised, so if you can’t make it to these two and want to get involved, please register your interest or share your thoughts by emailing buildingberkshiretogether@royalberkshire.nhs.uk


21/07/2021 – RBH Launches Hospital Navigator Programme

As part of a Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit programme, the Royal Berkshire Hospital is the first of five hospitals to launch a new scheme to provide targeted support to young people attending the Emergency Department.  It seeks to offer a listening ear, support within the local community and a confidential conversation with a trusted adult, to help protect those at risk from future harm.

The scheme takes a particular focus on those who may have been admitted in circumstances related to risky behaviours or who may be frequent attendees at A&E.

The Hospital Navigators programme will see trained volunteers from the local community based at Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Emergency Department.  Having received treatment, young people aged between 13 and 24 can meet and chat with one of the Navigators who will then be able to signpost them to support in the community such as one-to-one mentoring, support services and community groups.

Click here to read the full details, or click the image above to watch a video on this topic.


26/05/2021 – Royal Berks to close its hydrotherapy pool

An earlier decision by local NHS funders had made it ‘untenable’ to keep the pool open, says the hospital’s chief executive Steve McManus (pictured below)

Photo of Steve McManus

The Royal Berkshire Hospital has announced it will be closing its hydrotherapy pool because it is ‘no longer financially viable’.

The move comes after a decision late last year by Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group to stop routine NHS funding of the hydrotherapy service. Community groups or charities that have privately rented the pool for the benefit of vulnerable people will now also have to find another venue.

We recognise our decision to close the pool will be unwelcome news for a number of groups who use this facility and I am writing to them separately today offering them the opportunity to meet with us to talk through our decision,’ said Steve McManus, chief executive of Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, in a letter to stakeholders on 21 May 2021. ‘However, we need to align our services to those being commissioned, and the CCG’s decision makes the continued operation of the hydrotherapy suite untenable,’ he added.

The trust will now begin a four-week public engagement process and take feedback to its board of directors in July 2021. Details of the hospital’s position can be found on page 99 of agenda papers for its 26 May 2021 board of directors meeting in public.


25/05/2021 – New Chief Nursing Officer Appointed at Royal Berkshire Hospital

Eamonn Sullivan, who was previously Chief Nurse at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation
Trust (RBFT). He replaces Caroline Ainslie who retired last week after nine years at the Trust. He joins the Trust as it continues with its ambitious programme of renewal, recovery and redevelopment of the Royal Berkshire Hospital site in Reading.

Click here or the image above to read more


29/03/2021 – Pioneering radiotherapy technology launched at Berkshire Cancer Centre, based at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Pioneering radiotherapy technology, which will revolutionise the way some cancer patients are treated, is being launched at the Berkshire Cancer Centre (BCC), based at Reading’s Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) this week.

Studies have shown that SABR – Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy – can be more effective than traditional radiotherapy for some cancers because it delivers a far more powerful, targeted beam of high energy X-rays directly to a tumour.

This means the tumour receives a very large dose in fewer treatments and fewer visits to the department for patients.

SABR’s higher precision means the very intensive beams are targeted exactly on the tumour. Initially it will be used to treat lung cancer patients but the plan is to then roll it out to treat other appropriate cancers for which benefit has been proven.

Read the full press release by clicking here or on the image above.