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Kennet Ward

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.

Welcome to Castle Ward, specialising in the care of patients with acute respiratory conditions in addition to being an acute medical ward.

The patients are cared for in single sex bays. Each single sex bay has a designated single sex toilet and washing facilities adjacent to the bay.


Visiting hours: Open visiting.

Visitors allowed: Two visitors per bed, except by agreement with ward sister or nurse in charge.

Staff details

Matron: Angela Forster
Maureen Fogarty

Any other information

Children must be supervised at all times. For very ill patients, visiting hours can be relaxed, but the ward is very busy in the mornings.

Mobile phones allowed: Yes, but please respect other patients by having a low ring tone and not using the phone at night when other patients are sleeping

Flowers: no

Gifts: yes 

Refreshment points

  • Convenience store (Main Entrance Block)
  • Coffee bar (Main Entrance Block)
  • Restaurant on level 1 (South Block)
  • League of Friends shop and tea bar (Maternity Block)

ATM machine

Opposite the reception desk on Level 2 in the Main Entrance Block.


Useful Contacts

Kennet Ward

Level 2 Centre Block
Royal Berkshire 
NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road
Reading RG1 5AN

0118 322 7491 / 8749


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
    Email us
    Tel: 0118 322 5111