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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.

To support the team and find out ways you can donate, please click here.

Visitor advice


Norovirus advice for visitors

There are currently a large number of cases of Norovirus or winter vomiting bug in the local community. Stop and think before visiting any of our hospital or clinic sites.

If you have any sickness or diarrhoea symptoms or you feel unwell, please do not visit. You can still be infectious for 48 hours after your last symptoms disappear.

You can find advice on how to treat Norovirus symptoms and prevent it spreading here.

Friends and family survey


Put us to the test...the NHS friends and family test

The NHS Friends and Family survey asks patients whether they would recommend the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust to their friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment.

Every patient visiting our hospital wards, A&E departments, maternity services, outpatients and day case departments is able to give real time feedback on the quality of the care they receive, giving us a better understanding of the needs of our patients and enabling us to make improvements where necessary.

When you are discharged, or within the 48 hours that follow, you will be asked to answer the following question:

"How likely are you to recommend our service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"

You can find out more information about the Friends and Family survey here.

State of the art training

New simulation technique arrives at the Trust 

A new state of the art hybrid laparotomy model has arrived at the Royal Berkshire Hospital – only the second hospital in the UK to use the new training technique.

The Trust's Simulation Centre recently took delivery of the silicone based hybrid laparotomy model that can be fixed to an existing 3G simulation model to imitate surgery.

Mr James Ramus, Consultant Surgeon, has led training scenarios with members of his team and TEC simulation technicians. The sessions involve a mock emergency laparotomy on a patient after a stabbing. The highly realistic internal torso, complete with added pig guts and pretend blood further enhanced the realistic theatre scenario.

James said: “The new simulation model means that students can practice their surgical skills on a highly realistic full size torso for the first time, giving them valuable, practical experience ready for real life patient scenarios.”

BBC South Today filmed one of the highly realistic training operations and you can watch the piece here.

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