Corona Virus Disease - Covid-19

Update: 8 April 2020: The weekly multiplier of number of Covid-19 cases is 2.06, well below its peak value 5.76 of 18th March. This factor has to go to 1 for new cases to stop. We are a very long way from that but at last moving in the right direction. Unfortunately our cases are still more than doubling in a week. The Royal Berkshire Hospital increased its intensive care beds to 34 in March and was then targeting 56. More "Nightingale" hospitals are to be built, following Excel, London, in Birmingham, Manchester, Harrogate, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow. There may eventually be 10 sites. A "SARS-COV-2 Testing Alliance" of research centres, universities and businesses is to be formed to offer virus testing to front-line staff, perhaps eventually to support public health measures. We understand that volunteers from the Reading University staff will be involved. The Reading Walk-In Centre is to be used as a Covid-19 assessment hub - GPs will refer their patients and patients registered with the Reading Walk-In Centre will be handled from Milman Road Health Centre using the same telephone number, 0118 902 8300, as for the Broad Street Mall centre. HealthwatchReading have a prescription collection service for those who cannot get their medicines otherwise. Reading Borough Council have services for vulnerable people who have no other resource coordinated through their One Reading Hub which is also the contact point for volunteers - both on 0808 1894325.

The corona virus disease Covid-19 which has rapidly spread across the globe since its detection in Wuhan, China presents a grave threat to the people of Reading. The disease is mild or even asymptomatic for some, but for others appears to proceed through a debilitating fever and cough,and for a certain proportion of cases goes on to a severe and dangerous pneumonia, which makes breathing difficult or inadequate.

Everyone is urged to observe the advice set out by the NHS to the letter.

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CANCELLED - SRPV Meeting 6pm 18th March 2020 - Population Health Management - Katie Summers

This meeting has been cancelled, according to Government advice, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

South Reading Patient Voice meets on Wednesday 15th Arpil at 6pm in Friends Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB for a talk on "Population Health Management" by Katie Summers.

Berkshire West Primary Care Commissioning Committee meets in public at 13.00-16.00 Wednesday 8th April

The Berkshire West Primary Care Commissioning Committee meets at 1pm - 4pm on Wedesday 8th April 2020 at 57-59 Bath Road, Reading RG30 2BA.

You can register here online to attend, registration closes at 12 noon the day before the meeting.

The deadline for submitting questions, relating to the agenda for the Committee to consider, is 5pm three days before the meeting.

SRPV Meeting 6pm Wednesday 15th April - Patient Participation Groups


South Reading Patient Voice meets on Wednesday 15th Arpil at 6pm in Friends Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB for a discussion and reports on Patient Participation Groups in our area.

There will also be reports and discussion of news from Healthwatch Reading, Berkshire West CCG, Reading Borough Council, local NHS providers and the wider health economy.

Berkshire West CCG Governing Body Meets in Public at 9.30 on Tuesday 10th March 2020

The Governing Body of Berkshire West CCG will meet in public at 9.30-12.30 on Tuesday, 10th March 2020 at 57-59, Bath Road, Reading RG30 2BA.

You can register online to attend here. Registration closes at 12 noon the day before the meeting.

Reading Health and Wellbeing Board Meets at 2pm on Friday 13th March 2020

Reading's Health and Wellbeing Board meets at 2pm on Friday 13th March 2020 in the Civic Offices at Bridge Street, Reading. Questions should be submitted about 2 weeks in advance to Nicky.Simpson@reading.gov.uk .

Berkshire West CCG Agrees To Single Accountable Officer for the BOB area

At its meeting on 14th January 2020 at NHS Bath Road, Reading the Governing Body of Berkshire West CCG agreed to the proposal to appoint a single Accountable Officer for the whole BOB area (West Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire). Buckinghamshire has already approved, and Oxfordshire will consider it later in January.

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