The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust was formed in 1993. It is one of Reading's biggest employers and one of the largest general hospital Trusts in the country. The Trust provides acute medical and surgical services to Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire and specialist services to a wider population.
In 2004/05 we treated 55,015 inpatients, 28,845 day cases and 333,295 outpatients. 72,632 patients were seen by A&E.
- 3,600 staff (whole time equivalent)
- 813 inpatient beds (627 acute, 66 paediatrics and 120 maternity)
- 204-day beds and spaces
- an annual budget of £185 million.
Until 2005, the Trust was based mainly on two sites: the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Battle Hospital in Reading. An eight-year publicly funded redevelopment to consolidate all services on the Royal Berkshire Hospital site was completed in the autumn of 2005 when Battle Hospital closed.
The Prince Charles Eye Unit, based at the King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor, provides eye services to the patients of East Berkshire and has two modern ophthalmic theatres adjacent to each other. The hospital also provides dialysis services to the patients of East Berkshire at a dialysis unit in Windsor.
The Trust's reputation for clinical excellence and efficiency continues to improve. In the Healthcare Commission's 2004 review of Trusts' performance against an agreed set of national targets, we were awarded three stars - the highest level any Trust can achieve.
Funding for hospital services comes predominantly from local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). We work closely with PCTs to meet the health priorities of the local community as we continue to modernise services for the benefit of all.
We strive constantly to improve links with patients, carers and the community with an active Patients' Panel making a significant contribution to all aspects of the work of the Trust.
The Trust was awarded Foundation status on 1st June 2006.
Source = Trust Web-site