Visitors - your help needed

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer celebrates 90th birthday

Oldest worker in Berkshire turns 90

Trust volunteer Jack Warner is celebrating his 90th birthday this month and is thought to be the oldest worker in Berkshire.

Jack will have been a friendly face on the welcome desk at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for 25 years this autumn. He helps visitors and patients find their way around the hospital and is on hand every Thursday to answer queries. The hospital receives around 5,000 visitors every day, including around 2,000 patients who visit outpatients clinics.

Lynn Bayliss, Voluntary Services Manager, presented Jack with a gift and Dr Margaret Myszor, Gastroenterology Consultant, baked some special cakes in celebration. Margaret said: "He has been a welcomer as long as I can remember and is always cheerful and a real tonic. I make a point of talking to him every Thursday morning and it always brightens my heart - so he must do the same for worried patients and relatives.”

Jack said: “I really enjoy helping people and being with other people, I have a good time. It does makes a difference, however small.”

Jack started working at the hospital after retiring from Suttons Seeds, where he worked for more than 50 years and he also helped run a sheltered housing unit in Tilehurst. On his birthday, Jack will be spending time with his family, including his two great-grandchildren.

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