Visiting rules change at Royal Berkshire Hospital

The hospital announced changes on 1 January 2022 due to increased Covid cases.
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The Royal Berkshire Hospital has announced changes to its visitor guidelines to help prevent an increase in Covid cases.

‘We appreciate this is very difficult for both visitors and patients but it is essential to ensure the safety of everyone at the hospital,’ the hospital said on New Year’s Day, 2022. ‘We will be keeping the situation under constant review.’

What you need to know

  • Visitors to all adult wards must wear a mask.
  • People exempt from mask wearing will only be permitted in very exceptional circumstances - please discuss in advance with the ward manager/nurse in charge
  • Visiting to adult wards is still limited to one person for essential visits only, and must be pre-booked with the ward manager
  • Visitors must do a lateral flow test before visiting and only attend if it's negative
  • Parents or guardians can visit paediatric (children’s) wards at any time without appointment but other visitors are only allowed by exception
  • All visitors to paediatric wards must carry out LFTs, be negative and wear masks
  • In maternity, parents and their 1 additional visitor do not need to make an appointment to visit
  • On the ward, a single named visitor can be with the mother from 8.30am-8.30pm; 1 additional visitor can visit 2pm-6pm. This person cannot change during the woman’s stay and the maximum number of people at the woman’s bedside is 2.
  • On the postnatal ward, the supporter and any other visitor must provide proof of a negative LFT, provide a new test result every 3 days and must wear masks.

If you can’t go to the hospital you can still get a message to the person staying in hospital by sending an email to the hospital’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at and they will deliver it for you.

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