New Covid-19 Testing Site at Reading University and Labs at Bracknell Healthspace

Reading University is establishing a Covid-19 walk-in testing site in coordination with Reading Public Health. This site will provide testing for university students but also for local residents. It is not clear whether this will use any testing capacity at the University or will use the national network of Lighthouse Labs to process the results. It is expected to be ready sometime in October if given final Government approval.

Royal Berkshire Hospital trust AGM is on Monday, 28th September at 17.30

The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be streamed live on YouTube at 17.30 on Monday, 28th September.

Consultation on Provision of Hydrotherapy - Closes 16th October

Berkshire West CCG is consulting on the provision of Hydrotherapy. Please visit the web page to give your views.

The Hydrotherapy pool is located on the West side of the RBH Reading site near the West Buildings from which Audiology and ENT are about to move their clinics. That area wiould be available for redevelopment if the pool was moved or removed.

Help Recreate the Royal Berkshire Hospital for the 21st Century

The Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust has been awarded seed money from the Government to plan its recreation.
Now it is up to you to say what you think a hospital should be like in th 21st Century and how it should fit into Reading and Western Berkshire.
Please access the trust's consulation site and take their survey. Survey open through September.

First Do No Harm

Patients' Views of their Berkshire West Surgeries - 2020

The annual national GP patient survey - representing patients' views of their GP practices - has just been published for 2020. This is based on data taken near the start of the year.

Corona Virus Disease - Covid-19

Update: 19th September 2020: NHS test and trace started operation at 9am on 28th May 2020. The geometric average of weekly growth factors in number of cases over the week to 18th September is 1.189 equivalent to a doubling time of 29 days. According to the King's College Covid Symptom Study infection in Reading is rising with an estimated 105 symptomatic cases. The Royal Berkshire Hospital was reported Covid-free on 16th September. On 2nd July Public Health England changed the basis of reporting - by eliminating double counting of persons counted in both pillars 1 and 2. It also added in the pillar 2 figures into the local totals for the first time - raising Reading's total, for example, from 596 to 767 and made public for the first time an out-of-control situation in Leicester. In Italy the factor improved to 0.75 when the number of new daily cases fell below 1000, perhaps due to the greater efficacy of contact tracing for the smaller number of cases, leading to a halving time of 17 days.


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