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New staff health and wellbeing centre opens at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is opening its doors of its new purpose-built staff health & wellbeing campus tomorrow.

The Trust is one of the first in the country to provide a bespoke health and wellbeing facility to its staff and was developed based on feedback from its staff and volunteers.

It offers a weights room, cardio room, relaxation lounge, kitchen, two quiet rooms, two activity rooms, a meeting room and a TV room as well as the large gardens, which are all free for staff and volunteers to use. The popular cycle village has also been relocated to the centre site which now includes charging point, storage and changing & shower facilities. The cycle village has 100 parking spaces for bikes and e-bikes and promotes a key initiative in the Trust’s sustainability work and commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.

The Grade II listed property location on Craven Road was originally built in 1840, and later bought by Reading School to be the home of the Headmasters. The restoration of the site has been complex due to its grade II listing, however original features of the historic building have been carefully preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The refurbished gardens have been designed by Dave Richards from RISC’s Food4families project in partnership with the Trust and will contribute to the Trust’s net zero carbon Green Strategy, promoting bio-diversity, wildlife and water conservation. The vision is that the garden will become a wellbeing hub for the Trust’s staff who are based at sites across Berkshire West, not only providing respite for its staff and volunteers, but also a means of strengthening bonds with our local communities.

Steve McManus, RBFT chief executive, said: “It’s wonderful to finally open the doors to this incredible facility for our staff and volunteers. It gives us great pride to be one of the first Trusts in the country to have these facilities available for our workforce. We have already seen hundreds of our staff come through the doors and enjoy these new facilities. Our staff have worked so hard over the last two difficult years and their health and wellbeing matters greatly to the Trust. Being able to provide these facilities for our staff, based on what matters most to them, is a wonderful way to show our appreciation of all their hard work.”

The Health & Wellbeing centre will be officially opened on Wednesday 12 October 2022 by Sir John Madejski.

Strike Action

Our Trust will be impacted by Royal College of Nursing strike action on 15 and 20 December. We are working to ensure minimal disruption and will contact patients directly if we have to cancel appointments. 

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