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League of Friends


The League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital aims to improve the care and comfort of patients, visitors and staff, above and beyond what is funded and provided by the NHS.

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Since 1957, the League of Friends has raised funds for the Reading Hospitals. These days it is just the Royal Berkshire Hospital that remains, and its League of Friends has a clear aim and that is to improve the care and comfort of patients, visitors and staff, above and beyond what if funded and provided by the NHS.

New members and volunteers are always welcome.

The main activities that volunteers could help us with are:

- Assisting in our Friends Coffee house or maternity shop.
- Going around the wards with our 'trolley round' service.
- Assisting at one of our many fundraising events.
- Help to maintain some of the gardens in the hospital.

If you would like more information about our work or would like to join us as a volunteer, please call the League of Friends office on 0118 322 8592 or email lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk.

Friends Coffee House
The  Friends Coffee House opened in May 2017 and is located in the Conservatory on level 1, in Battle block. The Coffee House is open seven days a week.  The Friends Coffee house is a light airy conservatory style cafe, where you can sit and relax and enjoy a wide variety of hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, cakes and ice creams.

Opening times:
7.30am - 6:00 pm Monday to Friday
1pm - 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.   

Please note  that these hours do adjust during the winter months.

 Maternity shop
Opened in January 2009 the league of Friends Maternity shop in Maternity Block offers all you would expect from your local convenience store, includes, news and magazines, hot and cold drinks, snacks, toiletries, baby clothing, soft toys, greeting cards and much more. 

Opening times:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
10:00 am until 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. 

The Trolley round service also operates out of this shop.

(Charity Number 249956)


Useful Contacts

League of Friends Office
Royal Berkshire Hospital
London Road

0118 322 8592 


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