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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.

Reading half marathon


BIBS runners raise £20k


Keen runners donned their trainers on Sunday 22, March to raise money for the Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) charity in the Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge..

More than 100 people pledged to support the charity in the race and it looks like they have smashed £20,000 in fundraising.

Phil Meredith, chairman of BIBS, thanked the many people who ran on behalf of our special care baby unit. He said: “I was truly honoured to see the support given to BIBS. Fundraising is a big part of what we do but at the same time so is awareness building. A lot of people don't realise the dedication and work that goes on in Buscot Ward, being hidden out of the way at the top of the maternity block.

“To have so many people running for us as well as those that volunteered to be BIBS marshals on the day was fantastic. Not only that, to see the route filled with people cheering our runners on was a great motivator for them - a number even had other participants pat them on the back mid race to say what a good cause they were supporting! The funds raised will go a long way to helping local premature and sick babies as well as their families.”

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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