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Royal Berkshire Hospital

Getting Here


A number of buses travel between the hospital and Reading town centre. For up to date service details call Reading Buses on 0118 959 4000 or visit: 

Some Thames Valley buses stop at the hospital; for service details call 0118 973 3486 or visit:

There is a patient and visitor Park and Ride service running directly between Mereoak and Royal Berkshire Hospital. Park at Mereoak for just £1 for all-day parking and board the 300 bus for free - buses run every 20 minutes.


There are frequent services by train to Reading town centre from outlying areas served by the hospital. For up to date information on train services call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 4849 50 or visit: The hospital is a 15 minute walk from Reading railway station.


Bicycle racks are available near Maternity, Endoscopy, Battle Block, North Block, South Block


Parking for patients and visitors coming to the Royal Berkshire Hospital can be found in the multi-storey car park on Craven Road. We have allocated levels 0, 1, 2 and 3 of the car park to our patients and visitors.

You can find designated disabled parking spaces on levels 0 and 2 of the multi-story car park.

You do not need to take a ticket when you enter as your car will be registered with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and you do not need to display a ticket in your car. The multi-story car park is no longer barrier operated.

We have changed the way you pay in the multi-story car park to make it easier for our patients and visitors.

You can now pay via:

  • Cash via the pay machine before you exit (no change given)
  • Card via the pay machine before you exit (including contactless)
  • APCOA APP before you exit or within 24 hours of exiting the car park

Parking charges apply 24 hours, 7 days per week. Pay machines can be found on Levels 0, 1, 2 and 3.

Up to 1 hour

£ 1.50

Up to 2 hours

£ 3.50

Up to 3 hours

£ 4.50

Up to 4 hours

£ 7.00

Up to 6 hours

£ 9.50

All day parking

£ 15.00

Blue badge holders are eligible for free parking. To validate parking, please go to reception on level 2 or register your vehicle with APCOA once you have parked.


  • Disabled toilets
  • Changing Places toilet (main entrance, Level 1). The toilet is locked with a key available 24/7 from security at Main reception on level 2. More information is available on this Changing Places webpage.
  • Children's play area (children's outpatients clinic - currently closed)
  • Buggies for transport (main entrance reception, Level 2)
  • M&S (main entrance, Level 2)
  • Cash machine (main entrance opposite the reception desk, Level 2)
Cafes & Restaurants
  • Eating Hub and Delights Deli Bar - South Block, Level 1
  • AMT Coffee Hut - main entrance, Level 1
  • League of Friends Coffee House - Battle Block, Level 1
  • Jamaica Blue - South Block, Level 2
  • Pumpkin Cafe - Main Block, Level 2

Public wi-fi is available across all inpatient and outpatient areas. Please connect to RBFT_GUEST and follow the prompts.

We can't guarantee wi-fi coverage in corridors, car parks or other transitional spaces.

Visiting Information

What to expect when visiting a patient at the Royal Berkshire Hospital:

  • Visiting between 2pm and 8pm daily.
  • Only TWO VISITORS per patient at a time please.
  • OPEN VISITING for carers, care partners and relatives of patients with dementia, learning disabilities, and those at the end of their life.
  • Friends and relatives can also stay in touch with patients by smart device / mobile. There are iPads on the wards so you can safely communicate via video / social media.
  • Please wear a face mask on wards or whilst in clinical areas.
  • DO NOT VISIT if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID, colds, FLU and other respiratory infections or vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Please maintain good hand hygiene before and after visiting.
  • If you need support or advice, please contact the PALS Team, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm. Telephone 0118 322 8338. The Hospital Palliative Care Team or Spiritual Healthcare Team are also available – please ask for their contact details.
  • Please speak to the WARD MANAGER or NURSE IN CHARGE for further information.


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