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Ultrasound scanner appeal

A team of 30 X-ray staff from the Royal Berkshire Hospital will be undertaking the Tough Mudder Challenge on Saturday, 2 May 2015, to raise money for a new Ultrasound machine.

The department would like to extend the X-ray service and will be trying to raise £90,000 towards the cost of a new state-of-art Ultrasound machine. An additional machine would help reduce waiting times and allow more patients to be seen more quickly. It will improve the quality of imaging, leading to more accurate diagnosis. The new technology will help:

- Give a clearer picture about the nature of certain lumps by using new techniques such as “elastography” in breast and thyroid disease

- Assess areas of abnormal blood flow using “Doppler” techniques, a useful tool in the assessment and management of rheumatoid arthritis

- Allow greater accuracy in performing ultrasound guided procedures such as biopsies in cancer patients

The ‘Radio-Inactive’ team includes doctors, nurses, health care assistants, radiographers, sonographers and administrative staff. They will be completing the gruelling 12-mile Tough Mudder Challenge obstacle course, designed by British Special Forces, and will be tested on their strength and mental grit with various physically challenging obstacles.

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Easter bunny visits

Special Easter gifts

The Easter bunny did not forget the young patients of Royal Berkshire Hospital this year. Children on the Lion & Dolphin wards and in the children's clinics enjoyed chocolate treats over the weekend, courtesy of three local companies.

Swift Logistics Group, based in Newbury, sent the Easter bunny along with lots of eggs and staff to help distribute around the hospital. Visitors to the hospital on Thursday may have seen the bunny hopping along the corridors.


Kind customers of local Natwest Banks in the area donated sacks of confectionery treats and the Easter bunny visited with staff to help deliver them to excited children.




Dozens and dozens of generous Easter chocolate gifts were also received from London and Reading based Mace Macro Ltd for our young patients to enjoy over the festive period.




Many thanks to all those who donated Easter eggs and time for our young patients and staff.








Battle hospital reunion

Battle HospitalDid you work at Battle Hospital?

This year marks 10 years since Battle Hospital closed. Did you work there?

There will be a special reunion for staff in Reading on Saturday 30th May.

For more information, contact Lya on 0118 9571601 or Mary on 0118 9584726.

Hospital radio winner

National award for hospital radio volunteer 

Hospital Radio Reading volunteer Rhodri “Rhodders” Buttrick, has been named the country’s top male presenter broadcasting to patients.

It is the second time that “Rhodders” has been honoured by the Hospital Broadcasting Association – last year he was runner-up in the same category. And it is the latest in a string of awards picked up by our radio station – Louise Croombs was named Female Presenter of the Year in 2011, just 12 months after she was awarded the accolade of Best Newcomer to the industry.

Rhodri has been presenting the Saturday request show for patients in the Royal Berkshire Hospital on Hospital Radio Reading for the past seven years. Currently he works freelance at “The Breeze” as a producer, cover presenter and travel presenter. As a freelancer he has also worked at a number of radio stations, including BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Berkshire and KISS FM in Portugal. His ambition is to have his own prime-time radio show.

The judges said: "Rhodri loved being there - infectious, funny, interesting and engaging. There's no doubt he will cheer-up patients!"

After being presented with his award, Rhodri said: “Winning Gold is so encouraging, not just for me but for the team at HRR. Volunteering at the Royal Berks allows me to use my love of radio to help the patients. Simply by having a chat at someone’s bedside and playing their favourite tune, I’m helping to make their stay in hospital a little easier.”

Hospital Radio Reading was founded in 1957 and broadcasts 24 hours a day to the Royal Berks Hospital. The station aims to entertain patients and their friends and families. It is run entirely by volunteers. It can also be heard by people elsewhere in the community - on line at where you can request a dedication and listen to the programmes over the internet.

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