Public views wanted on future of Royal Berks

A second survey has been launched and three main proposals have been set out as part of work to modernise our town's main hospital.
Art work from Royal Berkshire Hospital proposals

Local people are being asked for further views on the future of the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Seven months after an initial online survey was launched, the hospital has launched a second poll to ask people to rank which factors are most important for patients, the staff and the community.

What is most important to you as a patient?

  • A hospital that delivers improved patient outcomes
  • A hospital with good public transport links and adequate parking
  • A modern hospital in which patients have a better overall experience
  • A hospital that delivers more health and care services.

(One of the questions from the survey, which you can find online here) 

The hospital has narrowed down options for its future to three proposals (see below) but not yet decided which one it favours most.

Main proposals on the table

  • Develop existing site in Reading town centre
    - Build a new emergency care block
    - Develop an elective centre (for planned operations)
    - Build a new women’s and children’s facility
    - Potential for a local medical school
  • Build a new hospital on current site in Reading town centre
    - Build a substantially new hospital but retain iconic 1830s building on London Rd
    - Greater focus on integrating hospital with other health and care services
    - Possibility of extra clinical specialist centres, a primary care hub, private patient facilities, a medical school, teaching facilities and research centre
  • Relocate and build on a new site (location not specified)
    - Design buildings that are energy efficient and zero-carbon
    - Better parking and integrated transportation networks
    - Blend modern buildings with new commercial opportunities and patient services
    - Create relaxing internal and external spaces
    - Develop a health & innovation campus for the NHS, academics and private firms
    - Open up opportunities to create a University hospital.

A summary of the three options has been submitted to NHS England and the hospital is now drawing up a business case.

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