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Maternity

The RBH is one of the biggest maternity maternity
units in the area offering a comprehensive maternity service where almost 6,000 babies are born every year.

We cover a large area in West Berkshire from Lambourne in the West to Bracknell in the East.

We are a team of midwives, obstetricians, anaesthetists plus support staff who between us, offer the full range of maternity care covering the antenatal, labour and postnatal periods. 

A special care baby unit (Buscot ward) is situated close to the maternity department within the same building. Ten per cent of our babies require help from the paediatricians and nurses who work in this unit every year primarily because they are born too early.

Women may choose to have their babies at home, or at Rushey Birth Centre. Our home birth rate is higher than the national average.

Much of the care in the antenatal and postnatal periods is carried out in the community near to women’s homes however if more specialist help is required, this is available within the Maternity Unit.

Staff details

Gill Valentine; Director of Midwifery

Brian Reid;Clinical Director Children and Maternity Services

Mark Selinger - Consultant in Feto-maternal Medicine

Pat Street - Consultant Obstetrician

Helen Allott  - Consultant Obstetrician

Jane Siddall - Consultant Obstetrician

Jill Ablett - Consultant Obstetrician

Samantha Low - Consultant Obstetrician 

Annette Weavers - Consultant Midwife  

Jean Sangha - Matron for Community Midwifery

Linda Rough - Matron for Hospital and Outpatient Maternity

Specialist midwives - We have midwives who specialise in Diabetes, HIV, Bereavement,  Screening, Substance Misuse, Domestic Abuse, Child protection, Teenage pregnancies, Ethnic minorities, Clinical Risk, If you need to be seen by one of these midwives your community midwife will refer you.

Clinics and wards

How to get there

Park in multi-storey car park in Craven Road. From multi-storey car park either walk along Craven Road to Maternity Unit or exit car park on Level 2 and follow signs to Maternity Unit. Take lift or stairs in Maternity Unit to Level 3.

Maternity, Maternity block, Level 1

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Useful Contacts

Maternity Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading
RG1 5AN

0118 322 5111
Main switchboard

0118 322 7296
Maternity Reception

If you think you are in labour call:
0118 3227 304

If you are unable to contact your community midwife please leave a message on:
0118 3228059