RBH postpones non-urgent operations

The hospital has had to take action to cope with an increasing number of Covid patients.
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The Royal Berkshire Hospital says it is 'pausing' non-urgent operations for the next two weeks to cope with an increase in Covid patients.

In a statement on 31 December 2020 it said: 'The Royal Berkshire Hospital has seen an increase in Covid positive patients over the last week and as a result a number of changes are being introduced to help ease pressure on staff and services.

'All non-urgent elective cases will be paused for the next two weeks, apart from cancer, urgent care and endoscopy procedures. This move applies to the RBH site only, and our other sites at West Berkshire Community Hospital, Townlands and Prince Charles Eye Unit will not be affected. This action is in line with national requests to pause elective work and redeploy staff to other key service areas.'

Covid rates in Reading

  • 115 people in Reading tested positive for Covid in a single day, on 30 December.
  • Our rate is 420.9 per 100,000 population, up from 140 per 100k a month ago
  • England's rate is 374 and the South East's is 457.3 per 100k population.

Visit the Covid 19 Dashboard for Reading for latest figures

The hospital added: 'Whilst there is added pressure due to the rise in positive cases, the hospital is under control and is maintaining hot and cold areas [to keep Covid patients away from other patients] throughout the site to help manage the demand. The situation is being monitored regularly to ensure patients and staff are kept safe and infection control measures are followed. We are working hard to ensure safety for all patients and if you are invited for a planned appointment, it is absolutely safe to do so and we are here and want to help.'

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