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Patient participation - come and tell us your views

On Friday 27 October, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s (RBFT) patient participation team will be holding its next standing conference in the Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital between 13.00 – 16.00 hrs and invites all members of the public to attend.

16 October 2017
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Revamped room provides home-from-home environment

Patients, visitors and staff on Victoria ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are delighted that thanks to the generosity of Newbury resident, David Church, their day room has undergone a fabulous makeover.

05 October 2017
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RBFT wins top accolades in Thames Valley Health Research

Staff from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust scooped four top awards at the Thames Valley Health Research Awards held last week.  

05 October 2017
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RBFT opens its doors for its annual Members' Open Day

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will be throwing open its doors once again for its annual Members’ Open Day on Saturday 23 September, 9am – 2pm at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Trust Education Centre.

04 September 2017
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Whacky Races raises £8k for Royal Berks Charity

On Saturday, 19 August, 16 soapboxes, of all shapes and sizes made it to the start line before setting off on the adrenalin charged, kamikaze speed timed run, in an attempt to take first prize in the inaugural Royal Berks Charity Soapbox Challenge at Englefield Park.

24 August 2017
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is an excellent PLACE to be, say patients

Patients and the public agree, the Royal Berkshire Hospital is a great place to be.  The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has once again scored highly and increased its performance across a series of national indicators.  

23 August 2017
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Advice for living with diabetes event for young adults

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Paediatric and Young Adult Diabetes Team are holding their second event for young people with Type 1 Diabetes on Tuesday, 22 August from 1 - 4pm at Reading College, Kings Road, Reading, RG1 4HJ.

16 August 2017
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Serving up a 'Thank You'

Last week, volunteers who support the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) attended a special supper in recognition of their hard work and commitment.

04 August 2017
Rise in Berkshire NHS research

More research studies are taking place in Berkshire thanks to the support of an NHS organisation, with almost 8,000 people participating in trials last year, new figures show.

02 August 2017
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Royal Berks first to report electronic National Patient Reporting Outcome Measures

The core values of the Orthopaedic Department at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) puts patients at the heart of everything it does, and understanding its performance in all areas is crucial to enabling them to learn from feedback and continually improve the quality of care it provides.

17 July 2017
Hydrotherapy pool to remain open for immediate future

Following the review that has taken place over the last six months, the Board of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has announced that the hydrotherapy pool at the Royal Berkshire Hospital will remain open for the immediate future.

14 July 2017
RBFT doc announced as winner in NHS England’s Chief Scientific Officer’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership

NHS England, in partnership with the National Measurement System (NMS), the government funded body that maintains the UK measurement infrastructure, has announced the winners of its first Chief Scientific Officer’s (CSO) Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme.

Dr Colin Baker, Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust was delighted to be chosen as one of the successful applicants for the first programme, with his Knowledge Transfer Project – Advancing radiotherapy through enhanced imaging, treatment verification and outcome prediction.

 

03 July 2017
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Helping hands for tiny babies

Staff from the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital were delighted to welcome supporters of the charity Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) when they stopped by to hand over a cheque for a whopping £51,775.

29 June 2017
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The calming influence of art

Hospital can be a frightening place for anyone, but especially for children and their families. The radiology team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital recently set up a special interest paediatric group, with the aim of making a visit to their department a far less daunting experience for their younger patients.

13 June 2017
Clinical Trials Unit to deliver a step change in early medical treatments within the Thames Valley region

Patients in the Thames Valley will have early access to a range of new treatments thanks to a new clinical trials unit based at the University of Reading.

07 June 2017
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Colour coding helps show the way

Going into hospital can be a daunting thought for anyone, but for people with dementia, the experience can be particularly stressful and it can an especially worrying time for families and carers.

06 June 2017
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Nostalgia - a look back at the history of the RBH

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust would like to thank the Reading Chronicle for the lovely two page nostalgia piece celebrating the very beginnings of the hospital in Reading. 

22 May 2017
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Changing Places

Chief Executive, Steve McManus joined members of staff and service users Sian Cook and daughter Amy at the official opening of ‘Changing Places’, a specially designed bathroom for people with profound disabilities who are unable to use standard or disabled toilets.

22 May 2017
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Oh ‘Appy day for the Pain Management Team at RBFT

The Pain Management Team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust celebrated a successful night at the Grünenthal National Pain Awards, where they were announced as the winners in the General Patient category and overall 2nd place for the innovative production of a pain medication and education smartphone app.

18 May 2017
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Family Room receives a facelift

Families, visitors and staff on the special care baby unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are delighted that thanks to the generosity of Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) their Family Room has undergone a fabulous makeover.

17 May 2017
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Royal Berks named as one of the country’s Top Hospitals

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has once again be named as one of the CHKS 40Top Hospitals.

15 May 2017
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Midwives share best practice on their special day

Midwives at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust joined colleagues from across the globe on Friday, 5 May on International Day of the Midwife to recognise and celebrate their achievements.

11 May 2017
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Excellence in care is a must

84 new Health Care Support Workers from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust joined Director of Nursing, Caroline Ainslie, and Assistant Director of Nursing, Joan Potterton, at a special award ceremony to recognise their hard work in completing their Care Certificate qualification.

10 May 2017
Baby remembrance service

Families who have experienced losing their babies either before or shortly after birth are being invited to a special remembrance service at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH).

The Baby Remembrance Service will take place at 2pm on Sunday, 11 June in the hospital chapel located in North Block, accessed via the London Road entrance.

 

10 May 2017
Hear, here

One in six individuals in the UK has some kind of hearing loss with the occurrence of hearing loss increasing with age. Despite this high prevalence, only a few individuals, who could benefit from hearing aids, use them regularly.

On Wednesday, 17 May, as part of Deaf Awareness Week, the Audiology team from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will be running a clinic from their mobile audiology unit in front of Sainsbury’s, Broad Street, Reading.

04 May 2017
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Audiology transition day for young adults

The Audiology team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is hosting a special Transition Day at the Mary Hare Secondary School in Newbury, on Wednesday, 26 April, from 3.30 to 5.30pm, to share advice and top tips with young people who are deaf or have partial hearing as they get ready to move on to the next stage of their life. 

24 April 2017
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust shortlisted for national patient experience award

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is just one of five Trusts to be shortlisted for a national award.

13 April 2017
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It's an Easter Eggs-travaganza on the children's wards

Young patients at Royal Berkshire Hospital will be receiving some tasty chocolate treats this Easter thanks to the generosity of local store GAP.

13 April 2017
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Hat’s off to an afternoon of Easter surprises

Patients and visitors on Hurley ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital enjoyed a welcome interruption to their routine with an afternoon of Easter arts and crafts.  Joined by staff, the group had fun creating Easter bonnets, while enjoying a nice cup of tea along with scones and jam, a good old fashioned sing-a-long, and a raffle.

13 April 2017
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In loving memory: thank you donation to the Renal Research Fund

In March 2013, Mr Charlie Forsey was admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital with vasculitis - a life threatening condition which causes inflammation of blood vessels, which can affect almost any part of the body and can lead to major organ failure and sometimes death

11 April 2017
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RBFT babies boxing clever

On Thursday, 27 April the Maternity team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with Baby Box University, will welcome 100 new and expectant mums to a coffee morning at the North Reading Children’s Centre in Emmer Green, to hand out special baby boxes.

 

06 April 2017
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Pain and anxiety key indicators of public usage of urgent and emergency care

Preliminary findings by leading clinicians at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and University of Southampton researchers have found that people using urgent and emergency care services do so because their level of pain is unmanageable and anxiety has reached a tipping point.

04 April 2017
£70,000 boost for maternity safety

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has received £70,176 as part of a national scheme designed to make improvements to maternity safety.

03 April 2017
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New hospital officially opened in Henley-upon-Thames

The new Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley-on-Thames was officially opened in a short ceremony yesterday (Tuesday) by Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.

31 March 2017
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Technicolour team raise dream funds for ED Bladder Scanner

The Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has raised £8k over the past two years for a new bladder scanner. The scanner is a non-invasive portable ultrasound device that measures the amount of urine left in the bladder of a patient; this helps clinicians to quickly and correctly diagnose medical conditions such as kidney and urinary infections.

31 March 2017
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Junior Doctors sleep eazzzy thanks to IKEA and Royal Berks Charity

At the end of a long and challenging shift, junior doctors at the Royal Berkshire Hospital can now look forward to a restful and peaceful break, thanks to the Royal Berks Charity and IKEA.

31 March 2017
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It's a family affair

For some it’s a dream come true – for others, perhaps a worst nightmare! Adult children may love their mum to bits, but she still can get on their nerves. Despite the saying ‘never work with family’, several members of staff at the Royal Berkshire hospital believe you can!

27 March 2017
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RBFT awarded Certificate of Excellence for food safety

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has once again been awarded the Certificate of Excellence following an external food safety audit carried out by Support Training Services Solutions (STS) for its Royal Berkshire Hospital catering provision.

21 March 2017
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Trust receives accreditation for outstanding endoscopy

Staff from the endoscopy unit at The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust were delighted to hear it had once again been awarded full accreditation by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) of the Royal College of Physicians for its exceptional endoscopy services.

16 March 2017
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Artwork with all the 'Trimmings' helps brighten patient's lives

Research has shown that art is an effective way to encourage and motivate patients in their pathway to recovery from a range of conditions and injuries, and helps create care environments that enable health and social care settings to be more stimulating, comforting and supportive spaces.

16 March 2017
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National Apprenticeship Week comes to the RBFT

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March) will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

07 March 2017
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Seeing things from a different perspective

Last week, patients brought friends and family to a special event hosted by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s eye team, so they could find out more about what it is like to live with low vision.

06 March 2017
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One-stop clinic delivers more efficient service

A new one-stop urology clinic has opened at The Royal Berkshire Hospital to provide a more efficient service for patients, with quicker diagnosis and minimal waiting times for appointments.

27 February 2017
Celebrating Trauma Research in the Thames Valley

Yesterday (22 March), over 100 delegates from across the NHS, academia and industry attended the third annual ‘Celebrating Trauma Research in the Thames Valley’ conference at The Hilton Hotel Reading.

23 February 2017
Calling all nurses

Registered adult and children’s nurses, midwives, student nurses and midwives and those looking to return to practice are invited to a recruitment open day event at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in Reading on Saturday, 4 March.

23 February 2017
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From tiny tot to daredevil skydiving teenager

17 years ago, mum-to-be Natalie Perez, was taken completely by surprise when at just 26 weeks pregnant she went into labour and gave birth to daughter Genny, who weighed a mere 990grams – less than a bag of sugar.

14 February 2017
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Local health care professionals support move to 'Fix Dementia' across west Berkshire

Over 40 people came together for the first ever joint conference hosted by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society, held at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

14 February 2017
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Hospital appeals for more organ donors

78 people living in Berkshire are waiting for a life-saving transplant.

Rory Collier is one of the specialist nurses responsible for matching those waiting for a transplant with potential donors admitted to A&E and intensive care units at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and other hospitals in the Thames Valley area.

10 February 2017
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Star Award for very special nurse

A nurse who specialises in caring for people at the end of their lives, has been recognised  in the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s new monthly staff recognition scheme.

08 February 2017
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Together for tinnitus

The Audiology team at the RBFT will be hosting a special event in Market Square, Henley on Friday, 10 February to raise awareness and generate discussion around the hearing condition - tinnitus.

 

08 February 2017
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Chai and chat at the Sikh Gurdwara

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s new Chief Executive, Steve McManus, was delighted to spend time at the Sikh Gurdwara in Early, for the launch of their new community initiative called ‘Chai and Chat’. 

 

08 February 2017
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RBFT staff challenge colleagues to get fit and healthy

Last week the Occupational Health team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, hosted a week of events and incentives to promote health and wellbeing for staff.

25 January 2017
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Gold rating for Work Experience Quality Standard

The Learning and Development team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, were thrilled to hear that had received Gold rating in their recent Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation.

25 January 2017
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Get revving for the RBC soapbox challenge

The Royal Berkshire Charity (RBC) is delighted to introduce a new and exciting event to its 2017 fundraising calendar – The RBC Soapbox Challenge.

12 January 2017
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Consider all healthcare options and help decrease pressure on the Hospital Emergency Department, say West Berkshire health chiefs

Across West Berkshire the public are being asked to continue to consider all the options available before going to the accident and emergency department.

10 January 2017
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Round of app-lause for new technology that helps manage long term pain

The Pain Unit at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has launched a unique App that provides guidance and information on the management of long term pain, for both healthcare professionals and patients, whenever they need it, wherever they are.

09 January 2017
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Christmas opening hours for a pharmacy near you

Pharmacies across Thames Valley have restricted opening hours over Christmas. Offering advice on common illness and the best medicines to treat them make sure you know which ones are open

21 December 2016
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More than just 'Jam and Jerusalem' for the WI at the RBH

On Friday 2 December members of the Berkshire Women’s Institute were warmly welcomed by Sharon Herring, Director of Nursing for Networked Care and Maria Walker, Patient Experience Facilitator, to an afternoon of learning and discussion on the care of patients in hospital with dementia.

08 December 2016
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Embrace the spirit of Christmas

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust's Voluntary Services team is appealing to the local community to embrace the spirit of Christmas and donate a gift to help bring some festive cheer to patients spending the holiday period in the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

02 December 2016
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Special remembrance service for families who have lost their baby

Families who have experienced losing their babies either before or shortly after birth are being invited to a special remembrance service at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH).

28 November 2016
Changes to hydrotherapy service

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will close the Hydrotherapy Pool at the Royal Berkshire Hospital with effect from 31 March 2017.  It has advised service users and local GPs.

23 November 2016
Investment in RBH's Emergency Department will enhance patient care

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has invested in an extension to its emergency department.  This will help the Trust meet rising demand over the winter and improve patient care

21 November 2016
Major improvements in performance leading to better healthcare for patients

NHS Improvement (NHSI) has today (Thursday 17 November) announced that the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is no longer in breach of its licence.  The Trust was originally found in breach of its licence to provide healthcare services in December 2014 by healthcare regulator Monitor (now NHS Improvement).

17 November 2016
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Congratulations Dr Waldmann, ICU are the new Dean

Dr Carl Waldmann, Intensive Care Consultant at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has been appointed the new Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) in London.

11 November 2016
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Staff recognised at Trust Staff Excellence Awards 2016

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Staff Excellence Awards are a chance for celebration. They give staff the opportunity to pause and recognise the many extraordinary and dedicated people who work in our local hospitals.

10 November 2016
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RBFT recognised for research studies

Over 5,500 patients in Reading have improved access to healthcare and benefitted from research over the past year.

28 October 2016
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Security aspects discussed at Royal Berks

Security was the theme of the week at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. 

27 October 2016
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Remote monitoring helps rheumatology patients

Many rheumatology patients require the use of Disease Modifying Anti- Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) as part of their treatment to help slow disease progression and reduce pain, swelling and stiffness.

26 October 2016
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Mosque donates £10,000 to comfort Cancer patients at local hospital

Worshipers from The New Aisha Masjid and Islamic Centre in Reading have made a generous donation of £10,000 to the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT).

26 October 2016
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Online system helps orthopaedic patients and doctors

The orthopaedic team at the RBFT has launched a new online questionnaire system, known as ‘myCORE’.  All patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery are being encouraged to take part in the exciting new initiative that collects information to help the department measure and improve the quality of care patients receive.

24 October 2016
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RBH gets five star award from local environmental health team

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has just been awarded a five star award and clean bill of health from Reading’s Environmental Health Team for its Royal Berkshire Hospital catering team.  The hospital is one of the few hospitals still offering a plated meal service, with all the food prepared in-house by the kitchen’s 15 chefs.  Its’ meals are also regularly commended by patients on NHS Choices and highly rated in the Trust’s annual PLACE score, published each year.

 

21 October 2016
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Neuro-rehab at RBFT goes from strength to strength

Staff from Caversham Ward at the RBFT held a special event for healthcare colleagues to showcase the fantastic work they are doing in the field of neurological rehabilitation.

21 October 2016
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RBFT scoops four awards in one night

Staff from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have swept the floor at the Thames Valley Health Research Awards on 12 October 2016 by scooping four awards. 

20 October 2016
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New RBFT partnership allows local residents to get early access to new medical treatments with clinical trials unit

Patients across Reading and the Thames Valley have early access to a range of new treatments thanks to a new clinical trials unit partnership with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

19 October 2016
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Cancer awareness in the community

Staff from the Berkshire Cancer Centre at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) joined with Cancer Research UK, the Macmillan mobile information service and the Berkshire Smoking cessation service to welcome over 150 people from the Nepalese and Ghurkha communities in Reading to a three hour cancer awareness session at the end of September.

11 October 2016
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It's play all day on the Children's ward

Young patients and staff had a fabulous time in the Royal Berkshire Hospital celebrating Play in Hospital Week, Monday 26 September - Sunday 2 October 2016.

05 October 2016
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Education, education, education

At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we know from our Deanery feedback and from the number of requests we get for placements that we are strong in the field of education. To recognise and formally thank staff who help to deliver this great work the Trust has introduced a special award.

05 October 2016
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GP event at Townlands a resounding success

On Tuesday 27 September, GPs from across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and South Oxfordshire, along with the Patient Partnership Group from the Bell Surgery, Henley,  joined consultants from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) for an open evening at Townlands Hospital.

29 September 2016
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New CEO announced for the Trust

Following the decision by Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to retire, and after an extensive selection process, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Steve McManus as its new CEO; Steve will join the RBFT on 3rd January 2017.

29 September 2016
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Patient volunteers help docs training

Rheumatology Consultants from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust welcomed local healthcare colleagues to the 3rd Annual Reading Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound study day held in the Training and Education Centre at the Royal Berkshire Hospital last week.

16 September 2016
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Berkshire basking in summer sunshine

Ensure that you, your family and friends stay safe and enjoy the hotter weather to the full by following the 'heat-health' guidance issued by Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/news/heat-health-warning 

 

24 August 2016
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The power of planting

The Therapy Garden at the Royal Berkshire Hospital provides a stimulating, relaxing and safe outdoor area for patients to enjoy gardening activities in a home like garden environment.

24 August 2016
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Local hospital is excellent PLACE to be, say patients

Patients and the public agree, the Royal Berkshire Hospital is a great place to be.  The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has again scored highly and increased its performance across a series of national indicators.  

23 August 2016
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Technology improves patient care

Midwives and doctors in the Maternity Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital have introduced a new system for monitoring baby’s wellbeing during labour.  

05 August 2016
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Thank you #teamperham

Volunteers’ Manager Lynn Bayliss was delighted to welcome a group of 15 – 17 year olds from the National Citizen Service (NCS), Reading to the Royal Berkshire Hospital earlier today to receive their kind donation of over 25 boxes of gifts for patients.

03 August 2016
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Aspiring medics visit the RBH

Last month, 53 sixth form students from schools across the region attended an Introduction to Medicine Day at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Jointly organised by Claire Dhaffir, Widening Participation Officer and Sue Matthews, Medical and Dental Education Manager, at the Trust,  the event gave students the opportunity to find out more about a career in the field of medicine.

01 August 2016
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PAT pooch Bramble brightens the day for patients

Patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are thoroughly enjoying the benefits of Pets As Therapy (PAT) pooch Bramble as part of their hospital stay; and it’s clear to see by the smile on everyone’s faces when he walks onto a ward that his weekly visits are welcomed.

28 July 2016
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Keeping things clean!

On Friday, 22 July, Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust joined Kevin Holder, Managing Director, Synergy Health for a tour of the newly refurbished, purpose built 5000 square foot Theatre Sterilisation Service Unit (TSSU), situated on the old Battle Hospital site.

26 July 2016
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Collaborative working awarded

On Wednesday, 6 July, staff from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust attended a special event hosted by The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) to be officially recognised for the Emerging Best Practice Award they received earlier in the year on behalf of Berkshire’s Integrated Pain Assessment and Spinal Service (IPASS).  

13 July 2016
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Pass the Pinard - 600miles of pedal power!

On Saturday, 3 September, a team of midwives from the Maternity Unit at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will be setting off on a 600 mile charity cycle that will take them from Truro, Cornwall to Newcastle.  They are taking on the ‘Pass the Pinard’ challenge to raise money to buy additional training equipment that will help to save the lives of babies.

04 July 2016
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Fit for work

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust encourages all staff to think about alternative ways to travel to work to help relieve the pressure on the car park, and improve their health and fitness.

04 July 2016
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Walk for Wards

On Sunday 17 July, staff, friends and family of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust invite you to join them in dusting off the walking boots and striding out in an effort to raise money for a chosen ward, department or campaign

04 July 2016
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Donation from the heart

New charitable funding could give Reading’s residents access to the best Cardiology treatments and diagnostics in the country.   The Trust’s Cardiology department is already an award winning heart attack centre. The British Heart Foundation recently praised its newly opening heart failure lounge as an excellent model for treating heart failure in the community.

04 July 2016
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A trip down memory lane!

Patients and visitors on Caversham Ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital enjoyed a welcome interruption to their afternoon routine with a musical trip down memory lane. The theme was summer time.

20 June 2016
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Calling all Members

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is committed to meaningful engagement with its members. We currently have over 17,000 public members but unfortunately we hold less than 3,500 email addresses.

We are unable to communicate with members via post due to costs and providing an email address is essential to enable us to continue to engage with our members and inform them of our membership events.

We therefore need all members to contact us to provide their current email address.  Any members who do not provide their email address by 1 August 2016 will be removed from the Trust’s database.

Please email foundation.trust@royalberkshire.nhs.uk to provide your details or, alternatively, register on our website via the link below.

http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/get-involved/form.htm

 

14 June 2016
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Donated machines help patients with MND

Tireless fundraising by a Reading family has helped a charity to give two more specialist machines to the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust for use by people with respiratory problems.

07 June 2016
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Pharmacy team secures five 'good' rating out of six

Congratulations to The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Pharmacy team who secured five “good” ratings out of a possible six, following an unannounced inspection by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

01 June 2016
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Excellence rewarded at the RBH

Excellence in safer patient care at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has been rewarded by a Ward Accreditation scheme, supported by Health Education England in the Thames Valley.

26 May 2016
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Hip, hip, hooray. Royal Berkshire’s a winner says HSJ!

Staff from the Hip Fracture Unit at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have won a national HSJ Value in Healthcare award for their work in transforming hip fracture care at the hospital.  They won first place in the Trauma and Orthopaedics category, announced on 24 May 2016.  The HSJ - or Health Service Journal – is a leading health service magazine.

 

26 May 2016
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Improving eye-q in eyecare

Patients joined the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s eye team and local GPs and nurses, optometrists, and junior doctors on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May at a special Acute Ophthalmic Emergencies Course. 

26 May 2016
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Stop the clot

Every year, thousands of people in the UK develop a blood clot in a vein. It's known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) and is a serious, potentially fatal, medical condition.

23 May 2016
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Children’s Nurse Consultant comes ‘runner up’ in prestigious RCNi award

Paediatric Nurse Consultant, Angela Lee was delighted to be named as runner up in the Child Health Award category in the RCNi Nurse Awards; the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence last Friday, 6 May.

16 May 2016
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Trust CEO welcomes healthcare partners to showcase value of clinical partnerships in raising standards

Hospital clinicians from a wide range of medical backgrounds came together with patients and innovators from industry and universities at the second of seven partner showcases co-hosted by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) during May 2016.

16 May 2016
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Royal Berkshire named as one of the country’s Top Hospitals

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust was named as one of the country’s Top Hospitals on Tuesday night.

12 May 2016
Royal Berkshire's global angels

Nurses from around the world, working at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, are celebrating International Nurses’ Day today (12 May).

12 May 2016
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Nurses enhance skills at study day

Nurses at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust are often able to take part in special study days designed to enhance their skills.

05 May 2016
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Help stop terrorists and extremists

Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.   The public, including staff, have a role to play in countering terrorism in our community.

26 April 2016
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RBFT Elections

Elections are due to be held for seats on the Trust’s Council of Governors in the following areas:

26 April 2016
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Calling all Members of RBFT

Calling all Members of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

26 April 2016
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Junior Doctors' Industrial Action 26 & 27 April

The next round of Junior Doctors' industrial action is planned for Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April 2016.

25 April 2016
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Knitters needed

Knitters needed to help our patients with dementia

People with dementia often have restless hands and like something to keep them occupied. We are looking for knitters who would be happy to knit or crochet 'twiddle muffs', a woolen muffs with iribbons, buttons and beads attached, both inside and out, that patients with dementia can twiddle in their hands. The twiddle muffs provide a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation.

25 April 2016
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Blood services, haematology & transfusion service receive UKAS accreditation

Staff from the Pathology Department at The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust were delighted to hear it had once again received full accreditation by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for their outstanding service.

21 April 2016
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New Unit improves patient experience and saves 1000 hospital bed days

The Whitley Day Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital has saved 1000 bed days in the year that it has been open. 

20 April 2016
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Roll out the red carpet - RBH wins an Oscar

Learning Disability Co-Ordinator, Jane Wooldridge was surprised and delighted to receive an ‘Oscar’ at the Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board Annual General Meeting.

15 April 2016
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Children’s Nurse Consultant shortlisted for prestigious RCNi award

Paediatric Nurse Consultant, Angela Lee and her colleagues were delighted when they received news that they have been shortlisted in the Child Health Award category in the RCNi Nurse Awards; the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence.

15 April 2016
Dying Matters

Sadly, it is a fact of life that death comes to us all.  But how and where we die is important and when asked, the majority of people asked would choose to die at home; but, for many reasons, that may not always be possible.

15 April 2016
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Trust shortlisted for three prestigious HSJ Value in Healthcare awards

Three teams from Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted as finalists in this year’s National Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

07 April 2016
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First in the UK - Postgraduate Orthopaedic Training Scheme for Qualified Nurses

An innovative two year programme has been developed by the Orthopaedic Educational team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT).

06 April 2016
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Berkshire’s collaborative pain and spinal service wins Emerging Best Practice Award

Berkshire’s Integrated Pain Assessment and Spinal Service (IPASS) has won the British Society of Rheumatology’s 2016 Emerging Best Practice Award for its work in helping people with musculoskeletal and chronic pain problems

06 April 2016
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'Major Milestone' Townlands hospital welcomes first patient

A nine-year-old girl was the first patient to be treated in the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at the
new £10 million Townlands Hospital, in Henley, which is opening this week.

16 March 2016
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You're hired: National Apprenticeship Week comes to Royal Berks

National Apprenticeship Week (14 – 18 March) is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

16 March 2016
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RBFT recognised in FFT national awards

The Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been selected as a finalist in a national awards scheme about the way patient and staff feedback is used to improve healthcare services.

15 March 2016
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Local football competition supports cancer patients

Senior Staff Nurses Carina Marrazes and Sarah Douglas were delighted to welcome committee members from the Ascot and District Fielden (Charity) Cup Competition to the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust chemotherapy unit at the Bracknell Healthspace to thank them for their kind donation.

09 March 2016
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Picture perfect: Patients' health images given digital boost

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has invested £1.5m in new picture archive and communications systems, known as PACS, to enable digital X-ray and radiology images to be viewed onscreen and even shared by clinicians across the different sites.

09 March 2016
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Cancer event gives patients a chance to share

Patient Deborah Allwood, and daughter and carer Carly Allwood share their stories on living with cancer.

07 March 2016
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Hip, hip, hooray!

Patients who have been treated on the Emmer Green Hip Fracture Unit at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust joined staff for some “thoroughly enjoyable celebrations” to mark the first anniversary of the Trust’s dedicated specialist ward on Wednesday 24 February.

02 March 2016
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Cancer support and information day

The Cancer Nurse Specialist Team warmly invite you to a free support and information day for patients and carers living with cancer

23 February 2016
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Royal Berks Charity jazz it up!

Come and enjoy the smooth sounds and upbeat rhythms of the All Jazz Quartet for an evening of swing, jazz and Latin beats in support of the Royal Berks Charity on Thursday 17 March.

19 February 2016
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RCNi Nurse Award - The Patient's Choice

The RCNi Nurse Awards are the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence. 

09 February 2016
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'Slumberous fiend' wins hopsital a national award

The hospital’s dermatology team has scooped a national prize for a potted history of the common bedbug.

04 February 2016
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Happy Anniversary Redlands - £10m surgical unit

Today, patients and staff on the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Redlands Ward celebrate the first anniversary of the £10m surgical unit, which opened its doors to the first patient on 2 February 2015.

02 February 2016
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Virtual Fracture Clinic a resounding success

A new clinic to speed up patient access to orthopaedic services has been introduced by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT).

01 February 2016
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Collaboration helps support dementia patients

A new collaboration between the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Alzheimer’s Society (AS) is proving to be a resounding success in supporting elderly patients and their carers, and the staff who look after them.

27 January 2016
Reading Council's Adult Wellbeing Position Statement

Have your say on Reading Council’s Adult Wellbeing Position Statement 2016-17

26 January 2016
Patients who are veterans of our armed forces

NHS England is asking veterans to share their views and experience of mental health services to help improve future care across England. 

26 January 2016
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Hospital consultant leads the way

Research carried out by Professor Malcolm Sperrin has provided additional treatment options for patients with kidney stones and improved outcomes.

21 January 2016
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Trust receives accreditation for outstanding endoscopy service

Staff from the endoscopy unit at The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust were delighted to hear it had once again been awarded full accreditation by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) of the Royal College of Physicians for its exceptional endoscopy services.

15 January 2016
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Trust delivers planned care on Junior Doctors' strike day

It is too early for final figures because some shifts have not yet started, but early reports from RBFT is that, of  our 358 Junior Doctors, 77 were due in at work for the morning shift; 40 reported for work and up to 37 may have taken industrial action.  These figures will be firmed up over the next few days.  

12 January 2016
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Hospital appeals for more donors

86* people living in Berkshire are on the UK’s waiting list for a transplant, revealed statistics (Nov 2015) released by NHS Blood and Transplant. 20 of those have been on the waiting list for longer than two years, and 10 have been waiting longer than five years.

11 January 2016
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Thank you for your generosity

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our 2015 Christmas Giftree appeal; you really helped brighten the day for patients who were with us over the festive period.

06 January 2016
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Pressure on A&E continues

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust had a very busy festive period, treating 2,800 patients aged between three days old and 100 years-of-age through its' emergency department: 1,060 patients were admitted for further care.

Doctors at the hospital are urging the public to continue to ensure that they only come to A&E with real emergencies due to the on-going pressure on beds.  

04 January 2016
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Jingle all the way on the Children's wards

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas on the Children’s wards at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, as the local community hasonce againshown the true spirit of the festive period.

24 December 2015
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A right Royal visit

Patients, visitors and staff enjoyed a right Royal visit from Reading Football Club.

24 December 2015
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Patients offered chance to have their surgery early

Patients waiting for surgery at The Royal Berkshire Hospital are being offered the chance to have their operation early.

22 December 2015
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VIP visitor brings Christmas cheer to patients

Young patients and their families were delighted when Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex joined in with the festive fun at their annual children's Christmas party. 

21 December 2015
Royal Berkshire's Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit - simply the best

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust's Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) was the best performing Thrombolysis stroke service in the country between April and June 2015, show figures released this month.

21 December 2015
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My Little Pony rounds up the smiles

Warrant Officer Mark Cunningham donates his My Little Pony collection in aid of the Giftree appeal

18 December 2015
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London Irish drop in to say Merry Christmas

Patients, visitors and staff were delighted when London Irish players Tom, Blair and Ofisa dropped in to wish them a Merry Christmas.

17 December 2015
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Bugs become more resistant to antibiotics

A local hospital consultant says bugs increased resistance to antibiotics pose a greater and more immediate threat to people than global warming.

10 December 2015
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Raising lung awareness

A Macmillan nurse based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) is urging the public to get behind lung cancer awareness month by being aware of the signs and symptoms.

10 December 2015
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Jargon Buster

Staff at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust should always try to ensure that they don't use too many acronyms with patients and should always make sure that patients know what the letters mean.

09 December 2015
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Donate a Christmas gift and brighten someone's day

Embrace the spirit of Christmas and donate a gift to brighten someone's day and help bring a little festive cheer to patients spending the holiday period in hospital.

07 December 2015
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Junior doctors strike called off

Junior doctors strike called off

01 December 2015
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Planned operations to go ahead

Industrial action by Junior Doctors: Planned operations to go ahead

27 November 2015
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A journey to the afterlife and back

Carly Read visits the mortuary at the Royal Berkshire Hospital...

07 May 2015
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In pictures: Royal Berkshire Hospital's £10 million elective orthopaedic unit

 

The new elective orthopaedic unit dramatically reduces the risk of infection...

30 April 2015
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Families club together to raise funds after charity cycling event

More than 600 cyclists took part to raise money for the children's orthopaedic unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Sonning Common Preschool... 

30 April 2015
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BBC Radio Four - You and Yours

The hospitals scrapping visiting hours to allow families in whenever they want. How does it work in practice and what does it mean for patient care? Royal Berkshire Hospital's new approach to elderly care ward visiting features in the programme...

29 April 2015
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600 cyclists got 'On Your Bike'

Six hundred cyclists took part in the ninth annual On Your Bike challenge in Sonning Common and raised almost £4,000, half of which will go towards a new children’s orthopaedic unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading...

29 April 2015
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Woodley twin raises money for RBH special care baby unit which cared for him

 

A determined 11-year-old ran nine miles to raise money for BIBS (Babies in Buscot Support) and the special care baby unit at The Royal Berkshire Hospital where he and his twin brother spent their first two weeks...

28 April 2015
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Riding to Reading

A couple have quit their jobs to cycle more than 30,000 miles to raise £10,000 for the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The trip, from Reading to Reading Pennsylvania, which is likely to take them two years to complete, will take place in five stages...

25 April 2015
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Hospital radio volunteer Rhodri Buttrick named country's top male presenter

 

Hospital Radio Reading volunteer Rhodri "Rhodders" Buttrick has been named the country’s top male presenter broadcasting to patients...

05 April 2015
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Children at Royal Berkshire Hospital get cracking surprise from Easter Bunny

 

Swift Logistics Group organised the delivery of Easter eggs to the hospital's children’s wards and clinics before Easter...

05 April 2015
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Props resembling those from television programmes used by Royal Berkshire Hospital's trainee staff

 

Hybrid laparotomy models resembling props from television programmes such as Holby City and Casualty are being used by trainee students at the Royal Berkshire Hospital...

29 March 2015
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Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust gears up for elections

Elections are to begin in April to fill nine posts for the council of governors at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust...

26 March 2015
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Reading Half Marathon just seven days away

One hundred Reading half-marathon runners will be donning a purple vest to raise money for Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS), the charity that helps support parents of children in the special care baby unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital...

15 March 2015
Reading's oldest bus stops by to mark the passing of a trolleybus enthusiast

 

The British Trolleybus Society remembers founder John Burrows at a service at Royal Berkshire Hospital...

15 March 2015
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Royal Berks X-ray team take on Tough Mudder

Royal Berkshire Hospital's X-ray team are preparing to get muddy in order to raise funds for a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine...

14 March 2015
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Royal Berkshire Hospital uses Holby City-type models for training

The Royal Berkshire Hospital is one of the first places in the country to use a hybrid laparotomy model. It is made of silicon and contains pig guts and fake blood to simulate surgery...

13 March 2015
Royal Berkshire Hospital chairman bows out to accolades

Executives and governors have bid a fond farewell to the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s outgoing chairman, Stephen Billingham...

06 March 2015
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Get 'On Your Bike' and join in the fun

Organisers of this year’s On Your Bike hope to make it the biggest to date. The ninth annual charity cycle ride will take place on Sunday, April 26, starting and finishing at Sonning Common Primary School. The proceeds will be split between the school and the Royal Berkshire Hospital Charity, which is raising money for an orthopedic unit...

05 March 2015
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Is Jack the oldest volunteer in Berkshire?

A long serving volunteer from the Royal Berkshire Hospital turns 90 and may be able to lay claim to being the oldest volunteer in Berkshire...

05 March 2015
In memory of a trolleybus lover: service at Royal Berkshire Hospital

British Trolleybus Society members will remember John Burrows at a service at Royal Berkshire Hospital on Friday, 6 March...

12 February 2015
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Former Royal Berks ICU patient wants to become a helper

Richard Berry was left paralysed when he was suddenly struck with Guillain–Barré syndrome, a rare peripheral nervous system condition that can be fatal. He recently donated a new wheelchair to the Royal Berkshire Hospital as a token of his appreciation for the care he received...

12 February 2015
One man and his dog in Ridgeway charity walk

One man and his dog are preparing to brave the elements by walking 87 miles along The Ridgeway to raise funds for the Berkshire Cancer Centre at the Royal Berkshire Hospital...

31 January 2015
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Royal Berkshire Hospital's £10m surgical unit to open

A £10m orthopaedic surgical facility and ward is set to be opened at the Royal Berkshire Hospital...

23 January 2015
University of Reading to train new wave of medical professionals

The University of Reading is to train a new generation of medical professionals to help deliver stronger and more cost effective patient care across the UK. The programme is the first of its kind in the Thames Valley and has been developed in partnership with both the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Berkshire Healthcare...

19 January 2015
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Royal Berkshire Hospital cardiac team is one of the best

The Royal Berkshire Hospital has been named as the fastest 24-hour response centre for cardiac arrests in England and Wales for the third year running, with 94.2 per cent of patients treated within two hours of calling an ambulance...

18 January 2015
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Royal Berkshire Hospital cardiac unit 'fastest in country'

Royal Berkshire Hospital's cardiac unit has been named the speediest in England and Wales for treating patients within 120 minutes of them calling 999...

09 January 2015
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Royal Berkshire Hospital's cardiac team praised by heart attack patient for fast treatment

 

A retired software seller has praised the rapid response of the Royal Berkshire Hospital's cardiac team after suffering a heart attack on his 67th birthday...

08 January 2015
Cardiac patients at Royal Berkshire receive fastest life-saving treatment

 

Heart attack patients arriving at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading are receiving the fastest lifesaving treatment in the country...

08 January 2015
Royal Berks Hospital best cardiac treatment times in country for third year

 

Cardiac patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are receiving the fastest treatment in the country, the latest data has revealed...

06 January 2015
Royal Berkshire Hospital's cardiac team is the fastest in the country

The Royal Berkshire Hospital's cardiac unit is the fastest 24/7 centre in England and Wales for treating heart attack patients...

06 January 2015
Eleven babies born at Royal Berkshire Hospital on New Year's Day

The first baby of 2015 arrived at 12.53am and new arrivals kept on coming through the day at the Royal Berkshire Hospital...

02 January 2015
Surprise birth among the eight Christmas babies born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

 

Proud parents have been welcoming the arrival of the Christmas gift that money just cannot buy...

27 December 2014
The 12 babies of Christmas: Meet the newest parents of Reading and Wokingham

 

South Korean couple Sangyoul Jin and Alum Hwang's new son Theo Jin was the first baby born on Christmas Day 2014 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital...

26 December 2014
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Saving Tiny Lives appeal raises enough cash to buy its first lifesaving incubator

 

In less than seven months, the Saving Tiny Lives appeal set up by BIBS and the Reading Post/getreading has raised enough money to buy its first lifesaving incubator.

19 December 2014
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Reading FC and London Irish stars visit children's wards

Members of both the football and rugby teams spent some time away from the pitch to pay a special pre-Christmas visit to young patients.

19 December 2014
Host of events by festive friends

The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s League of Friends will be holding a series of fundraising events in the run up to Christmas.

18 November 2014
Royal Berkshire Hospital staff brave heavy rain to launch #hellomynameis campaign

 

More than 100 staff from the hospital supported the launch of the national campaign which aims to improve communication between staff and patients.

11 November 2014
Campaign to improve nurse communication at Royal Berkshire Hospital

 

Nurses, doctors, executives and administrators from the Royal Berkshire Hospital launched #Hellomynameis — a national campaign to encourage staff to properly introduce themselves every time they speak to a patient.

08 November 2014
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Prime Minister thanks Royal Berkshire Hospital team in Pride of Reading video message

 

The Prime Minister appeared in a video with MP for Reading East Rob Wilson, to say congratulations to the cardiology team at Royal Berkshire Hospital for winning the Health Team of the Year category in this year's Pride of Reading Awards.

04 November 2014
Pride of Reading 2014 winners – Health Team of the Year

After being named the nation’s fastest centre for providing life-saving treatment, Royal Berkshire Hospital’s cardiac team has bagged itself the accolade of Pride of Reading Health Team of the Year. Prime Minister David Cameron, recognised the win with a special recorded video message played to the team when they picked up the award.

04 November 2014
Mount Kilimanjaro challenge for Saving Tiny Lives appeal

Thirteen people who work for Centrica Energy Midstream, in Windsor, are taking on the challenge to raise £12,000 for the Babies In Buscot Support (BIBS) and Reading Post incubator appeal.

29 October 2014
Hotel staff pitch in to spruce up Royal Berkshire Hospital

Hospitality staff took team building to another level when they spent a morning doing community work at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

28 October 2014
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Profressor named as Clinical Leader

 

Elderly care consultant Professor David Oliver is in the top 100 clinical leaders in the country, according to the Health Service Journal.  A panel of judges identified the 100 clinicians making the greatest impact on health policy, service transformation and innovation.

As well as his role at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Oliver is also the President Elect at the British Geriatrics Society. The judges were impressed with his drive for equal access to health services for older people.

21 October 2014
Reading and the First World War: Hospitals play their part

The outbreak of the First World War transformed Reading. Looking back at reports from 100 years ago, the Royal Berkshire Hospital made beds available to the War Office.

14 October 2014
'Elvis' fundraising for special care unit

Elvis tribute act, Paul Rouse, has raised over £400 for the Buscot special care unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

14 October 2014
Support group's gift to help patients

Four respiratory machines - costing £12,000 - are being presented to the Royal Berkshire Hospital by the local Motor Neurone Disease Association. Supporters of the Reading and West Berkshire branch of the MND association launched an appeal to raise the funds needed to buy the equipment.

03 October 2014
National award for eye specialist

Trust Ophthalmology consultant Sarah-Lucie Watson has been given a top award in recognition of the “exceptional care” she provides for patients.Sarah-Lucie won the Macular Society’s Alan Alderman award in recognition of her efforts to help the charity and people affected by macular conditions.

02 October 2014
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Pride of Reading nomination for children's audiology team

Our paediatric audiology team has also been nominated for a Pride of Reading award.  Fingers crossed.

01 October 2014
Pride of Reading nomination for paediatric diabetes team

Congratulations to our paediatric diabetes nurses on their Pride of Reading nomination.  Good luck!

01 October 2014
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Top 100 rating

The Trust has been named as one of the top 100 places to work in healthcare in an important annual review by the Health Service Journal.

01 October 2014
Students develop pc game to help stroke survivors

The students were on hand to demonstrate the game to guests at the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s annual market place at the Henley Business School at the university’s Whitkenights campus on Wednesday, July 16.

04 August 2014
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Colour-coding dementia wards has improved morale

Dr Hannah Johnson spearheaded a £50,000 revamp to create colour-coded dementia-friendly facilities and the four wards, funded by a grant from the Department of Health (DoH), now provide a range of activities and discussion groups, along with a cinema room and games rooms.

04 August 2014
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Author's kind donation to Babies in Buscot

Becky Lovatt donated all the proceeds from the sale of her book to the getreading-supported Saving Tiny Lives appeal.

04 August 2014
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Walk for Wards raises £14,000

An impressive £14,000 was raised when more then 200 people walked to support Reading’s hospital.

04 August 2014
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Lead governor bids farewell

Vera Doe is stepping down from her role in the council of governors after serving the maximum two terms. 

04 August 2014
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Cook and help hospital's League of Friends

Need some new ideas for what to give the family for tea? Then get your hands on the new recipe book from the League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

04 August 2014
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A&E treats 95.8% of patients in four hours

The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s A&E department was praised by board members for managing to treat 95.8% of patients in April, May and June within the four hour limit.

11 July 2014
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Trust hits A&E target for third month in a row

Despite seeing record high levels of attendances throughout May and June, staff successfully achieved the national A&E target – where 95 per cent of patients should be seen within four hours of arriving.

11 July 2014
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Pride of Reading nomination for 'immensely caring nurse'

An “immensely caring nurse” who made a “huge difference” in alleviating a nervous patient’s anxieties has been nominated for a Pride of Reading award.

11 July 2014
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£3,000 boost to Saving Tiny Lives appeal

A mini-marathon and three members of staff running the Reading Mizuno Half Marathon saw the primary school, in Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, raise an impressive £3,271for Buscot Ward, our Special Care Baby Unit.

24 June 2014
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Help save tiny lives

The Reading Post is asking readers to help Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) raise some serious money for a vital piece of equipment to help save tiny lives.

11 June 2014
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Healthy recipes on the menu

Family favourites, healthy eating and cost-cutting recipes are among the treats in store for everyone who buys the new League of Friends recipe book.

11 June 2014
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World Cup theme for League of Friends fete

The fete will be opened by the Mayor of Reading at 11am at Victoria Park in Armour Road and will run until 4pm - this year’s theme is the World Cup – colours of the world – where stall-holders are being asked to dress their stall to reflect the colour of teams.

06 June 2014
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Pride of Reading nomination for Dr Hannah Johnson

Dr Johnson has been nominated for Health Worker of the Year for her work in making the Royal Berkshire Hospital better for patients with dementia

02 June 2014
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Happy 175th Anniversary RBH

Tuesday 27th May marked the Royal Berkshire Hospital's 175th anniversary. A television feature on the history of the hospital was broadcast on Meridian Tonight.

27 May 2014
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Pride of Reading nomination for cardiac team

After being named the nation’s fastest centre for providing life-saving treatment, Royal Berkshire Hospital’s cardiac team has bagged itself a Pride of Reading nomination.

22 May 2014
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Dad raises cash for babies

Phil Meredith is raising cash for the Buscot Ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

20 May 2014
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Make Robbie appeal top of the campaign charts

The campaign helped to raise £1.4 million for a Da Vinci robot which operates on cancer patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

12 May 2014
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Supporters team up to boost children's wards

The combined fundraising efforts of nurses Amy Younger and Rachael Wharton and mum of brave young cancer survivor, Matthew Pike, raised over £1,400 for Lion and Dolphin Ward.

11 May 2014
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staff take to their tandem for 1,000 mile ride

The pair have been fundraising since last September and hope the two-week, 1,000-mile ride will raise enough money to kit both the cancer centre and mobile chemotherapy unit with wi-fi.

07 May 2014

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