Our Values: Compassionate | Aspirational | Resourceful | Excellent


14 February 2020: Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are worried that you may have symptoms of the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please stay away from any healthcare provider and call 111 for advice.

If NHS 111 direct you to the West Berkshire Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), you must call ahead for an appointment before arrival. The UTC is open from 08:00 – 21:00 hrs seven days a week.

This page will tell you more about what’s happening, and what you need to do if you’ve recently travelled to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand in the last 14 days.

29 January 2020: Norovirus (winter bug)

The Royal Berkshire Hospital is currently dealing with a serious outbreak of norovirus - a very contagious stomach bug that causes diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V). In a bid to ease pressure on services and prevent further spread of the virus, people are being asked not to come to the hospital unless their visit is absolutely necessary. People who have had D&V but are now symptom free must still stay away for at least 48 hours before coming to hospital.

This covers: 

  • relatives and friends visiting patients on the wards. Anyone who’s had D&V symptoms should stay away. We’re also limiting visitor numbers for the time being
  • patients coming for routine appointments. If they’ve had D&V, or have been in contact with others with D&V, they must ring the hospital before attending
  • vulnerable people like the elderly, pregnant women and people with long term conditions like asthma and diabetes

If you are concerned about D & V symptoms, in the first instance people should talk to a pharmacist. Other options include the NHS 111Urgent Care Centres, Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres in Reading, Thatcham and Bracknell; and the extended hours services offered by GPs.

Keep well this winter

Click here to find a wide range of support and advice on offer to help you keep warm and well this winter.

Working with us

 Amazing things happen at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; delivered by amazing people….why don’t you come and join us?

We are one of the largest hospital foundation trusts in the country, and currently touch the lives of half a million patients in the west of Berkshire every year by providing high quality acute medical and surgical services for our local communities.  If you would like to join our team we would love to hear from you - we are always looking for talented staff with a commitment to providing the best patient care.

You can search our vacancies here, or if you have any questions please contact our recruitment department on 0118 322 5353.

Working for the Trust offers not only a rewarding career, but also a range of benefits including:

- competitive salary

- up to seven weeks' paid holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)

- subsidised staff restaurant

You would also have access to a range of benefits including salary sacrifice schemes, accommodation, childcare and discount shopping and leisure.




Getting in touch

Main switchboard : 0118 322 5111

Patient Relations Team : 0118 322 8338

If you have an issue or query that you would like us to help you resolve, our Patient Relations Team may be able to help. You can ask a member of staff to contact Patient Relations for you, you can contact them directly yourself. You can write to them at:

Patient Relations Team
Level 2 Main Entrance
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading RG1 5AN 

or you can email: talktous@royalberkshire.nhs.uk  

Media contacts

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust runs a 24/7 service to the media. All media enquiries should be directed to the Communications Team. They will, wherever possible, respond promptly to your requests. Email communications@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Journalists, if you have an urgent out of hours enquiry please call the main switchboard on 0118 322 5111.

PLACE inspection

PLACE report

PLACE is a national assessment of non-clinical services.  

All the assessments involve local people, known as Patient Assessors, going into hospitals as part of teams to assess how the environment supports the provision of clinical care, assessing such things as cleanliness, food and hydration, privacy dignity and wellbeing, condition appearance and maintenance, dementia, and disability.

How did we do?

Our results were very positive and above the national average in all domains.  In some areas they were significantly better.  
More information on our results can be found on the NHS Digital website here

What was inspected 

National average

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Find out about what has been happening around the Trust and see where we have featured in local news stories and television broadcasts.

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About the Trust

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Information about our Board and Executive, our publications and our performance, and information about Freedom of Information requests.

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