BW update 09-Apr – RBH

Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) 

Trust visiting 
Visiting is suspended until further notice. The only exceptional circumstances where one visitor – an immediate family member or carer – will be permitted to visit are listed below:
• The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care.
• You are the birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour.
• You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child.

The hospital layout has been revised to establish separate zones to deal with the differing needs of patients and keep everyone safe.

Intensive Care Beds: To increase capacity to deal with Covid 19 patients, intensive care beds have been increased from 14 to 34 beds, with plans to go to 56.

Outpatient clinics 
Many more people are being offered virtual outpatient clinic appointments to receive healthcare over the phone or via a laptop.

Elective surgery has been suspended to free up time for key staff to be retrained in other more urgent areas of work. Other, urgent surgery, is being moved to local private sector hospitals

Berkshire Cancer Centre: Letters have been sent to all the people using the Centre offering advice on living with cancer during the coronavirus outbreak. The advice covers carers and support workers visiting people’s homes, planned GP and hospital appointments, looking after mental health wellbeing and support with daily living.

A number of changes have been made at the Centre. As of this week (w/c 6 April) chemotherapy is now being provided for patients at the Bracknell Healthspace. Radiotherapy treatment is continuing at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Cancer Outpatient appointments are being carried out virtually where possible, either over the phone or video link.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at the RBH are continuing to provide a telephone advice and helpline. The number is 0118 322 8700 and is open Mon – Thurs 9am - 4pm and Friday 9am - 2pm (closed Bank Holidays). If callers leave a message these will be picked up and dealt with by staff throughout the day.

The teams are also able to advise on how to access benefits. People can make contact via

The National Macmillan Support Line is also available on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.

The Macmillan Berkshire Buddy Scheme is available on 07894 566606 or email The team can provide advice or just someone to talk to and share worries.

RBFT Volunteers 
The latest information for volunteers is available on the RBFT website here:   

Their current priority is to get clinically trained personnel cleared to work and onto the wards where they can start helping. If you think you are in this category then please contact us on Covid.Deployment&