Fastest cardiac care 

Royal Berkshire Hospital achieves best cardiac treatment times in country

Heart attack patients arriving at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading are receiving the fastest lifesaving treatment in the country. For the third year running the Trust's cardiac unit has been named the speediest 24/7 centre anywhere in England and Wales for providing patients with primary angioplasty treatment within 120 minutes of them calling the emergency services. The 120 minute target is regarded as the most important - and most challenging - one to meet and in the latest annual statistics released by the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP), the Trust's cardiac team are shown to be even more efficient in ensuring patients are treated as speedily as possible.

Nationally the figures reveal that 58.9% of heart attack patients receive their treatment within the 120 minute timeline while at the Royal Berkshire Hospital the figure is 94.2%. The next best performing unit recorded 82.4%.

Dr William Orr, Consultant Cardiologist, said: "We are absolutely delighted that the report finds patients in our area are getting the fastest treatment in the country. It is the result of really effective teamwork - by everyone involved in the care of patients - from the South Central Ambulance paramedics to the staff of our cardiac unit."

In October the cardiac team was given the Pride of Reading Award for providing high quality and rapid care after being the nation's best performing two years in a row.

New surgery unit


New orthopaedic theatres and wards at Royal Berkshire Hospital

A new £10m surgical facility and ward is to open at the Royal Berkshire Hospital this month. The Redlands Elective Orthopaedic Unit is a state-of-the-art self-contained facility for patients.

The unit includes four operating theatres, a six-bedded recovery ward and a 30-bed elective orthopaedic ward with seven four-bedded bays and en suite bathrooms plus two single rooms with en suite bathrooms. Patients will be transported direct from the theatre suite to the ward by a dedicated lift.

Around 2,800 operations and procedures a year will be carried out in the new unit - mainly hip and knee replacements, hip arthroscopies, spinal surgery and shoulder surgery.

Tinnitus Awareness Week

Audiology team invitation to Bracknell shoppers

Specialists from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust's Audiology Department will be out in force in Bracknell town centre as part of a project to raise awareness of Tinnitus.

The audiology team will be taking their mobile hearing unit to Charles Square, Bracknell on Friday 6 February as part of National Tinnitus Awareness Week. Members of the team will be on hand between 10am - 4pm to answer questions about the condition and provide information about their service, including new clinics they are running in the Bracknell area. Hearing screening tests will also be available in the mobile unit.

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