stroke teamHyper Acute Stroke Unit - simply the best!

Figures released show that, between April and June 2015, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust's Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) was the best performing Thrombolysis stroke service in the country, providing life saving treatment to patients in the fastest time.  The unit performs in in the top ten across the country for the service annually.

Thrombolysis is administered by injection suitable stroke patients and is sometimes called “clot busting”.  The team, based a tthe Royal Berkshire Hospital, averaged 25 minutes for patients being seen and treated "door to needle", that is from being admitted to A&E, assessed and treated. The fastest time recorded is just  under 10 minutes. 

Dr  Andre Van Wyk, Stroke Consultant, says: "These figures are impressive.  The quicker Thrombolysis is administered, the better the outcome for patients.  

"The success of this is due to the experience of the team and the effort put in by our excellent team, including  our Consultants and Thrombolysis nurses and their enthusiasm and energy to deliver a safe service  24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

"But the speed of the treatment and the impressive outcomes for our patients is also down to how we work with our partners, particularly the South Central Ambulance Service. All round, it's a great team."

Working with us

NHS best places to work

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has been named by Health Service Journal and Nursing Times, in association with NHS Employers, as one of the top 100 NHS places to work. The list includes acute trusts, community trusts, and mental health trusts across England.

On top of this success, consultant in elderly care, Professor David Oliver, has been recognised in the HSJ top 100 Clinical Leaders list. As well as a doctor at the Trust, Professor David Oliver is the President of the British Geriatrics Society and was recognised for his national work to improve care for older people.

Patient partner Carol Munt was also recognised; in the HSJ top 50 Patient Leaders list. Patient partners work with trusts to give a patient’s perspective on how care can be improved.

Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, says: “I am thrilled that we are one of the best NHS employers in the country. I certainly feel proud to work here. It is testament to the fact that we have motivated staff who enjoy working here, and are proud of the care we provide for patients. We are also privileged to have people like Dr Oliver and Carol working with us.”

Last year’s staff survey showed that:

  • Staff at the Trust are highly motivated

  • Staff are satisfied with their quality of work and patient care

  • Staff agree that their role makes a difference to patients

  • Staff feel their role makes a difference to patients.

The Trust employs around 5,500 staff. 

Getting in touch

A problem with our main switchboard 

There is an external fault with our telephone lines that is affecting our main switchboard number:   0118 322 5111.

Members of the public can direct dial to departmental hospital extensions which can be found under the Wards and Services tab on the website.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes while engineers are working to address the problem.  

PLACE inspection

PLACE report

Patient-led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) are a self-assessment of non-clinical services. The self-assessments are carried out voluntarily and were introduced in April 2013. The teams who carry out the test include patient representatives, our governors and staff.

These standards cover cleanliness, food and drink, privacy and dignity, and the condition and appearance of our hospitals - all things we know are important to our patients.

How did we do?

We have improved across all areas compared to the previous year, and our results were better than the national average across all areas:

What was inspected 

National average

Royal Berkshire 2015

Royal Berkshire 2014





Condition, appearance, maintenance




Privacy, dignity and wellbeing




Food and hydration







Not included in inspection



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