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Face masks/coverings: help us keep patients, staff and volunteers safe 

In line with government guidance, all staff must wear a face mask when on site and all patients and visitors should wear either a face mask/covering for the duration of their visit. If you are able to, please bring a mask/covering with you or ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist. Thank you for helping us reduce the spread of the virus.

We are doing all we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect our patients, staff and volunteers. 

The latest visitor guidance for staff, family and friends (updated 10 June 2020) is as follows:

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

  • Only ONE visitor per patient at any one time.
  • We encourage only essential visits, e.g. for patients at the end of life or those with dementia or a learning disability.
  • Please arrange this visit with the ward manager or nurse in charge.
  • In order to maintain social distancing rules, you may not be able to visit every day
  • Familiar carer/supporter/personal assistants will not be counted as an additional visitor.
  • If possible, please stay in touch with the patient by iPad/mobile.

PLEASE DO NOT VISIT if you have any symptoms of the virus (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste and smell).

All visitors must wear a face covering/mask inside the hospital buildingsplease bring your own if you have one. Do not bring any other unnecessary belongings with you.

We understand that this is difficult for lots of people, but it's very important that we follow the guidelines.

Please follow social distancing rules and wash your hands before entering and leaving the building, and use the alcohol hand gel frequently inside the building.

Further information about visiting, please click here.

Visiting the hospital to attend appointments

If you are coming into hospital for an appointment, please, wherever possible, attend on your own. This helps everyone maintain social distancing and keep other patients and staff safe.

If you need the support of a relative or friend please limit this to one person and be understanding if they are asked to wait outside the clinic or even outside the hospital. As we start to resume more clinics and services it means more people are coming to the hospital and we need to safely manage numbers.

If you arrive too early for your appointment you may be asked to return nearer the time you are due to be seen. It would help us if you waited outside the hospital, but if you choose to go to the café or shop, please remember to observe social distancing and wear your mask.

Click below for guidance on specific areas of the hospital


What to expect when supporting a woman during Induction of Labour, and Elective Caesarean Section (C-Section)

  • Only one birth partner or advocate can support a woman during, induction of labour, labour or a Caesarean section. The birth partner or advocate must be well, without symptoms of Coronavirus and not tested positive for Coronavirus in the last seven days.
  • It is safest to travel to hospital by private car or taxi. You can use public transport if you have no Coronavirus symptoms. If you need help with arranging transport to the hospital, please telephone our Patient Relations Team for advice on 0118 322 8338.
  • Do not bring any unnecessary belongings into hospital with you.
  • You must wear a face covering/mask, use hand sanitiser when you arrive and leave the ward. Please wash your hands with soap and water regularly during your stay.
  • Only leave the induction of labour room, birthing room or recovery area if essential.  Please bring plenty of food and drink for the duration of your stay.
  • Please work with the healthcare staff to maintain social distancing whenever possible.
  • After birth, it may be necessary for some women to stay on the postnatal ward. The birthing partner or advocate will then need to follow the visiting guidance shown below.
  • The healthcare staff will be wearing protective equipment, such as face masks, aprons, gloves and visors.

For a copy of the Covid-19 visiting charter for Maternity please click here.  

Visiting on Marsh and Iffley Ward, antenatal and postnatal care
During Covid-19 Pandemic we had to unfortunately stop all visiting in the ward areas to protect pregnant women, new mothers, babies and staff from an increased risk of acquiring Covid-19. With lockdown easing, the maternity ward is now pleased to announce the following new arrangements:

Induction of labour (Marsh Ward) opened to enable one birth partner or advocate to remain with the woman during the induction process

Marsh Ward. As the ward has a smaller number of women, all women will be able to receive a visitor between 1 - 2pm and 7 - 8pm. This must be the birth partner or advocate and cannot be changed. No children will be admitted onto the ward.

Iffley Ward – As the ward has a  larger number of women, visiting has been separated into two. The 28 bed ward will be split and colour coded at the bedside.

Yellow Bed  visiting times: 1 - 2pm and 5 - 6pm.
Green Bed visiting times:   3 - 4pm and 7 - 8pm.

 No visiting will be allowed during the morning, or between 2 - 3 and 6 -7pm on any day, or after 9pm in the evening.

Only one visitor is permitted during the admission and must be the designated birth partner or advocate. Please do not change this named person. No children will be admitted onto the ward.

No visiting on the day of discharge.

All visitors must:

  • Wear face masks (these will be provided if the named birth partner/advocate does not have their own)
  • Use hand gel
  • Wash hands with soap and water before holding or feeding baby and after nappy changes
  • Remain at the bedside, except for hand hygiene purposes. If a member of staff is needed, the call bell should be used.

Staff on the ward will ring a bell to announce the end of each visiting session and all visitors are requested to leave promptly.

Birth partners /advocates will be provided with a copy of the visitor’s charter which has been recently been adapted to reflect these changes after birth of baby.

In exceptional circumstances, such as women with communication issues or have undergone a bereavement, decisions will be made on visiting either in advance or by the maternity coordinator.

Scan and antenatal clinics

If the mother has an appointment for a scan or antenatal clinic at either West Berkshire Community Hospital or at the RBH, they can attend with the named birth partner or advocate.


If the apt is with a midwife in community setting (children’s clinic or GP for example), then they must attend on their own, and ask their birth partner or advocate to wait outside or in the car.


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