National lockdown restrictions do not affect services at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. We are open for business as usual and it’s important that if you have an appointment booked, or need emergency treatment, you still attend as planned.
We are seeing a rise in the number of patients who are testing positive with Covid but, as with the first wave earlier this year, we are managing them safely and separately from other patients, so the hospital is a safe place for you to attend for treatments or appointments.
However, the introduction of the new national lockdown, coupled with the increase in Covid positive patients, shows we must all do everything we can to prevent the risk of spreading the virus. It’s vital for you to abide by the ‘hands, face, space’ rules, along with other regulations.
If you are in need of urgent medical attention, please ring 999. If you need medical attention for a condition which is not life threatening, please ring 111. A trained operator will discuss the issue and then refer you to the most appropriate place for treatment. If this is the hospital’s Emergency Department (A&E) or Minor Injuries Unit or Reading’s Walk in Centre, an appointment will be booked for you by the operator. This will help you be seen in a timely and safe way which helps the medical teams to manage the flow of patients and also enables social distancing in waiting areas.
Whilst it’s important for us to continue seeing patients, we must also limit the footfall to the hospital site. This means that visiting restrictions will remain in place and visits will only be allowed during exceptional circumstances, by prior agreement with your Ward sister. We know that this is very difficult for both patients and their loved ones and we will do all we can to accommodate phone and virtual visiting requests.
For maternity, women attending for a scan or antenatal appointment at the RBH and West Berkshire Hospital sites can attend with their chosen birth partner.
All women can have one birth partner with them during the induction process, labour, caesarean section and immediately post-delivery whilst they remain on the birthing areas, Delivery Suite, Rushey Birth Centre and Elective Casearean recovery area.
The same chosen Birth Partners can see their partners on Iffley Ward and Marsh Ward. Due to the large number of beds the wards have been separated into two sections with staggered times over the period 10am-2.30pm with the chosen birth partner only. This is to help maintain social distancing and protect patients, babies, visitors and staff in an enclosed area on a ward. For admission to the ward, partners will be asked if they have any covid symptoms and their temperatures will be checked. If any concerns they will not be able to visit.