The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced industrial action will take place at NHS trusts across England on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 December 2022, including at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
As a Trust our priority is to provide safe care for our patients. And we have plans in place to deal with any changes to our services. We are working with the RCN to make sure we can provide emergency and urgent services to patients on these days.
To allow us to do this, we may need to reschedule some routine and non-urgent appointments and procedures on 15 and 20 December and if that’s the case we will contact you directly in advance to re-arrange your date. If you do not hear from us, you should come in as planned.
Emergency Departments are for medical emergencies only, to help those most in need. An emergency is if somebody is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk like: a heart attack, stroke, having difficulty breathing, or a seizure.
If you need medical help but it's not an emergency, then the Urgent Care Centre in the Broad Street Mall, Reading (RG1 7QE) is open from 8am-8pm seven days a week.
Your local Pharmacy or GP are also there to help with non-emergency care. If you’re not sure where to get support, contact NHS 111 who will give you advice
We recognise and respect the democratic right of our staff to take part in lawful industrial action. We have worked with them and the RCN to minimise the impact on patients, visitors, and staff.
Thank you for your understanding.