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At Royal Berkshire Hospital

The latest visitor guidance for staff, family and friends is as follows

What to expect when visiting a patient at the Royal Berkshire Hospital:

  • Only ONE visitor per patient at any one time.
  • We encourage only essential visits, e.g. for patients at the end of life or those with dementia or a learning disability.
  • Please arrange this visit with the ward manager or nurse in charge.
  • In order to maintain social distancing rules, you may not be able to visit every day
  • Familiar carer/supporter/personal assistants will not be counted as an additional visitor.

We understand that this is difficult for lots of people, but it's very important that we follow the guidelines.

Please follow social distancing rules and wash your hands before entering and leaving the building, and use the alcohol hand gel frequently inside the building.

Further information about visiting, please here

Visiting the hospital to attend appointments


What to expect when supporting a woman during Induction of Labour, and Elective Caesarean Section (C-Section)

  • If the mother has an appointment for a scan or antenatal clinic at either West Berkshire Community Hospital or at the RBH, they can attend with the named birth partner or advocate.
  • If the apt is with a midwife in community setting (children’s clinic or GP for example), then they must attend on their own, and ask their birth partner or advocate to wait outside or in the car.

Opened to enable one birth partner or advocate to remain with the woman during the induction process.

Due to social distancing for mothers, babies and staff,  we can allow visits by the birth partner or advocate between the hours shown below. Only the designated birth partner or advocate is permitted during visiting hours. Please do not change this named person. No children will be admitted onto the ward.

Yellow 10:00am

12:00pm Midday

Green 12:30pm


The 28 bed ward has been split and colour coded at the bedside.

Yellow 10:00am

12:00pm Midday

Green 12:30pm


All visitors must

  • Wear face masks (these will be provided if the named birth partner/advocate does not have their own)
  • Use hand gel
  • Wash hands with soap and water before holding or feeding baby and after nappy changes
  • Remain at the bedside, except for hand hygiene purposes. If a member of staff is needed, the call bell should be used.

Staff on the ward will ring a bell to announce the end of each visiting session and all visitors are requested to leave promptly.

Birth partners /advocates will be provided with a copy of the visitor’s charter which has been recently been adapted to reflect these changes after birth of baby.


Facilities on-site

Disabled toilets

Changing area

Craven Road main entrance, level 1

Children’s play area CLOSED

Located in the Children’s outpatients clinic - currently closed due to COVID restrictions

Facilities nearby

Eating Hub and Delights deli bar

South block, Level 1

AMT Coffee hut

Main entrance, Craven Road Level 1

League of Friends Coffee House CLOSED

Battle block, Level 1

Jamaica Blue

South block, Level 2


Main entrance, Craven Road Level 2

Pumpkin café

Craven Road Level 2


Please be aware that both the multi-storey and North block car parks onsite at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are in very high demand and it can often be difficult to find a space.

Multi-Storey car park pay on exit

Craven Road

North block car park pay and display

London Road

If you can travel to your appointment or visit the hospital by public transport, or arrange to be dropped off and collected later, it would help avoid congestion or any delay to your appointment.

If you do have to drive please allow extra time to find a parking space on site. Alternatively, on street pay and display parking is available in surrounding roads.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Local public transport

A number of buses travel between the hospital and Reading town centre. For up to date service details call Reading Buses on 0118 959 4000 or visit:

Some Thames Travel buses stop at the hospital; for service details call 01491 837988 or visit:

Also, some First Group buses stop near the hospital, for details visit:

Mereoak park and ride - coming from the South and West. Just south of Junction 11 on the M4 (just off the A33) is the new Mereoak park and ride. Operated on behalf of Reading Borough Council and using buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), Mereoak is the environmentally friendly way to get into Reading. It's a great option for people coming from the South or West to get into Reading. Click here for timetables.

Winnersh Triangle park and ride - coming from the North or East The brand new Winnersh Triangle park and ride is based at Winnersh Triangle Station, off the A329(M) just a short hop from junctions 10 of the M4. Click here for timetables. 

There are frequent services by train to Reading town centre from outlying areas served by the hospital. For up to date information on train services call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 4849 50 or visit: The hospital is a 15 minute walk from Reading railway station.

Bicycle racks are available near:

  • Maternity
  • Endoscopy
  • Battle Block
  • North Block
  • South Block.
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