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We are safe and here for you - RBFT COVID update - January 2021

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As The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust see a rise in Covid cases, we are still open for business and want to see you if you need our services

 

The Royal Berkshire Hospital has experienced a rise in Covid numbers over the last few weeks and anticipate this to continue for weeks to come. Although it is undoubtedly a busy time for the hospital, everyone at the Trust is reaching out to the Berkshire community to encourage those experiencing health concerns to keep appointments and seek treatment.

 

Like everywhere, there is increased pressure on services and teams, however Nicky Lloyd, Acting Chief Executive, wants to reassure the public that the Royal Berks is under control, calm and have comprehensive plans in place to keep you, our patients, and all staff, safe. “Your safety is at the forefront of everything we do and we regularly review and update to adapt to ever changing climate to keep you safe.”

 

“We’ve learned a lot from the first wave of Covid and this has helped us to carry on treating other very seriously ill people and keep services going. It’s still really important that, if you have an appointment, you come in, because we want to see you. We have very strict infection control policies in place including deep cleans of clinical areas between patients, many hand sanitizer stations, one way systems, socially distanced waiting rooms and we actively promote the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance.  A concern we do have is the number of patients not attending their scheduled appointments which has the potential for serious consequences if diagnosis or ongoing treatment is delayed.

 

“I want to encourage you to come if you have been asked to attend an appointment or you urgently need care, it’s vital that we see you in a timely way and ensure your condition is treated or monitored. We are a National Health Service and open for multiple diseases and conditions. You will not be a burden and we want you to be seen.”

 

“There is good news with the roll-out of the vaccine in our community, which will give protection against the effects of the virus.  Every one of us can stop this virus in its tracks by following social distancing, adhering to lockdown guidelines and ‘Hands, Face, Space’ so together, the Trust and our community can continue to control the spread of the virus.”

 

Nicky Lloyd, Acting Chief Executive of Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust provides a video update here: https://youtu.be/IaxJX0_VXoM

 

January 2021

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