A&E services are beginning to return to normal at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
During the height of coronavirus cases, the hospital created two separate emergency departments (EDs) – one for people with suspected Covid-19 and one for all other urgent patients.
As of June 1, the ED has now switched back to a single site, at its main entrance off Craven Road. People will be offered face masks if they wish to wear one and social distancing will operate, with a tented area available outside the main door if the indoor waiting room becomes full.
Minor injury services are also returning. Beforehand, people had been told to go to other hospitals such as Townlands in Henley, but now they can come to the Royal Berks and they will be signposted to the Ambulatory Care Unit, just inside the main entrance on level 1, Craven Road. People will be able to get X-rays and have limbs plastered if needed.
Patients are being urged to seek help from the hospital’s ‘Ask A&E’ online service to help them decide if they need to come at all.