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Royal Berkshire Hospital celebrates 180 years !


This week the Royal Berkshire Hospital celebrated 180 years since it first opened its doors to care for the people of Reading and the surrounding areas.


Yesterday, Trust Chair Graham Sims, and Chief Executive Steve McManus, welcomed Mr James Puxley Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of The Royal County of Berkshire, other dignitaries and guests to the hospital to share in the celebrations with Trust staff, to help mark this momentous milestone.


As part of the celebrations a commemorative flag featuring the official crest that was given to the hospital on its 100th anniversary was raised in the feature garden. The garden was created in partnership with Reading College Activate Learning, and the League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital.


Guests then visited the 180 anniversary exhibition wall, which tells the story of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, highlighting key dates in the expansion of services and buildings, along with advances in medical research and techniques, particularly those developed at the hospital.  They also enjoyed a visit to the Medical Museum where they heard about the provision and development of treatment through the years, and viewed medical artefacts.


But the hospital was not built on bricks alone, and the exhibition also highlighted the work done throughout the last 180 years by the staff.


The exhibition showcases just a few of the incredible people who have worked at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, who have made indelible impacts, or whose remarkable contributions to the development of healthcare have made lasting and far reaching benefits, still felt today.


Steve McManus, Chief Executive said:  “We are all incredibly proud to be standing here today, to celebrate the huge role the Royal Berkshire Hospital has had in caring for the health and wellbeing of the local community.  We can see some of the contributions made through history at the hospital, starting a tradition of innovation and development that is still being carried out by the dedicated, professional, caring and forward thinking people who are working here today.  I know we can look forward to many more success stories to adorn our corridors for many years to come.



”I would also like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, and in particular our colleagues in the Medical Museum.  The depth of their knowledge on the history of this hospital and healthcare in the region is limitless, and they have given so much of their time and energy to help us all make today as successful as it is.”

30 May 2019

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Pam Lynch patient leader and sister Carole Burnett
Richard Havelock medical museum volunteer

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