Covid-19 - Public Health Advice for Reading

Reading's Public Health Consultant, David Munday, has recorded
a message for all Readingers

Independent SAGE proposes a Six Week Plan

The Independent scientific advisory body Independent SAGE, convened by former Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King, has proposed a six-week plan for England to control the coronavirus (see the indie_SAGE youtube channel.)

Reading Covid-19 Outbreak Engagement Board Meets 2pm Friday 6th November 2020

The Reading Covid-19 Engagement Board meets again at 2pm on Friday 6th November 2020. If you want to attend please email Nicky Simpson at .

If you have questions for the board please send them to Nicky Simpson at Reading Borough Council, as above, by 6pm on 30th October 2020.

Scientists Report Abysmal Compliance with Isolation Guidance for Covid-19

A group of scientists including SAGE member Prof Susan Michie have analysed responses taken on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care in a series of 21 surveys, each of abour 2,000 people, from 5 March to 2 August. We can expect that of the order of 100 people in each survey would have had Covid-19. The report has not yet been peer-reviewed for publication. The results make depressing reading as to the overall effectiveness of our national system for suppressing Covid-19 infection.
Evidently until compliance is much improved it will be necessary to have gross "lockdown" measures.

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 Wednesday, 28th October at 15.30

The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be streamed live on YouTube at 15.30 on Wednesday, 28th October. Please use

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.

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