Statement from Royal Berkshire Hospital on 31st December 2021
The Royal Berkshire Hospital has seen an increase in Covid positive patients over the last week and as a result a number of changes are being introduced to help ease pressure on staff and services.
All non-urgent elective cases will be paused for the next two weeks, apart from cancer, urgent care and endoscopy procedures. This move applies to the RBH site only, and our other sites at West Berkshire Community Hospital, Townlands and Prince Charles Eye Unit will not be affected. This action is in line with national requests to pause elective work and redeploy staff to other key service areas.
Whilst there is added pressure due to the rise in positive cases, the hospital is under control and is maintaining hot and cold areas throughout the site to help manage the demand. The situation is being monitored regularly to ensure patients and staff are kept safe and infection control measures are followed. We are working hard to ensure safety for all patients and if you are invited for a planned appointment, it is absolutely safe to do so and we are here and want to help.
Covid rates in Wokingham Borough
On the 3rd January 113 people tested positive in Wokingham Borough
As of 28th December the Covid-19 rate per 100,000 population was 500.8
You can view the local figures on the public health Berkshire dashboard below
Visiting is allowed in exceptional circumstances only, with the agreement of the ward manager. These restrictions are in place to protect everyone at the hospital, patients and staff inclusive. We appreciate this may be difficult for families, and encourage people to forward cards and letters to patients via the PALS team who will arrange delivery. In some cases, there are also phone and virtual visits that can be accommodated and these can be organised with the ward manager.
It’s important we do all we can to ease pressure on our services and teams so we are able to treat those in most need of urgent care.