Healthwatch Reading appears on BBC news

Our chief executive was interveiwed for a news item about plans to redevelop the Royal Berkshire Hospital site.
Photo of BBC South interview of Healthwatch Reading

Healthwatch Reading spoke up about your issues in getting to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in a BBC South Today evening news item on 8 September 2020.

Our chief executive, Mandeep Kaur Bains, was filmed talking about the hospital's exercise to canvas opinion on whether the current site should be modernised or a new modern hospital be built from scratch elsewhere in Reading.

We pointed out that, wherever the hospital was based in the future, it needed to be simple for people to travel there by public transport if they didn't have a car, as some local residents told us they had to catch two buses to get the current town centre location. For those who did drive, one of the most common bugbears that Healthwatch Reading heard, was the shortage of car-parking spaces at the hospital, which forced people to drive around in circles in danger of missing their appointment times.

The government gave the hospital some 'seed funding' last year to develop a business case for redevelopment.

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