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 buildings – please 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.
What to expect when supporting a woman during Induction of Labour, and Elective Caesarean Section (C-Section)
- Only one birth partner can support a woman during, Induction of Labour, labour or a Caesarean section. The birth partner 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. Birthing partners will need to return home when the times comes for the women to move to the postnatal ward.
- There is no visiting on the antenatal or postnatal wards.
- The healthcare staff will be wearing protective equipment, such as face masks, aprons, gloves and visors.
For a copy of the Covid visiting charter for Maternity please click here.