Temporary closure of Loddon ward

Loddon ward at the RBH has been set aside to isolate and manage a small number of patients who have been tested for suspected Norovirus.

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V) , is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK.  Commonly called the "winter vomiting bug" because it's more common in winter, you can catch it at any time of the year. 

Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days.   Most people can self-medicate, and there is advice on NHS Choices, including when to seek medical advice, here


Another cause of D&V in this weather is food poisoning.  People should remember to always wash their hands after visiting the bathroom, and also importantly when handling raw food, particularly poultry.  The advice is also to rinse pre-washed salads.   If barbecuing, people should always ensure that food is properly cooked before eating.

Anyone with D&V is asked to avoid visiting the hospital unless they have been clear of symptoms for 24 hours.  Norovirus can spread to others very easily and by avoiding contact, you reduce the possibility of spreading it.

Call your GP or NHS 111 if you're concerned or need any advice.

Working with us

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Amazing things happen at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; delivered by amazing people….why don’t you come and join us?

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest hospital foundation trusts in the country, is keen to recruit enthusiastic and motivated nurses and midwives at various stages of their career.

We are currently recruiting for our:

Postgraduate Orthopaedic Training Scheme for Qualified Nurses

An innovative 2 year programme has been developed by the Orthopaedic/Educational team at the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust (RBFT) starting in 2016. The programme is offered to qualified nurses, rotates into all Trauma and Orthopaedic specialities and will provide the participants with a Postgraduate Orthopaedic qualification.

Studying at Oxford Brookes University whilst gaining practical experience, the participants will rotate across six specialist orthopaedic areas providing the necessary skills for the individuals to become qualified post graduate orthopaedic nurses. The whole programme is designed to provide a springboard to fast track individuals into more senior posts within nursing.

This is a new and innovative approach to engage with qualified nurses who would like to specialise in orthopaedics. We know that investing in our teams builds quality and commitment, something we are passionate about delivering to our patients.

This scheme is the first of its kind in the UK. We have successfully recruited three nurses to start the course in April 2016 and will start recruiting during the summer for 4 further participants to commence training in April 2017.

For more information contact our Practice Educators on 0118 322 8762.  Closing date 22 August 2016

Working for the Trust offers not only a rewarding career, but also a range of benefits as part of our reward package including:

  • flexible hours and working
  • competitive salary
  • up to seven weeks' paid holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • final salary pension scheme
  • enhanced maternity benefits
  • subsidised staff restaurant

You would have access to a range of benefits including salary sacrifice schemes, accommodation, childcare and discount shopping and leisure. 

You can search for other vacancies at the Trust here, or if you have any questions please contact our recruitment department on 0118 322 5353.




Getting in touch

The issues with the lines in to the main switchboard (0118 322 5111) are now resolved and normal service has been restored.

21 July 2016

Main switchboard : 0118 322 5111

The main switchboard at Royal Berkshire Hospital can direct you to many of our services and teams.  

You can also find direct dial numbers for wards and departments on their individual pages.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) : 0118 322 8338

If you have an issue or query that you would like us to help you resolve, our PALS team may be able to help.  

You can ask a member of staff to contact PALS for you, you can contact them directly yourself. You can write to them at:

Patient Relations Team
Level 2 Main Entrance
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading RG1 5AN 

or you can email:  

Media contacts

All media enquiries should be directed to the Communications Team. They will, wherever possible, respond promptly to your requests, you can contact them on 0118 322 8600 or email

Journalists, if you have an urgent out of hours enquiry please call the main switchboard.


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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Careers and vacancies


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About the Trust

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Information about our Board and Executive, our publications and our performance, and information about Freedom of Information requests.

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