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New Intensive Care mobile trolley launched

A new hi-tech life support trolley which can transport patients between different wards or even to other hospitals has been launched at The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

The Intensive Care Unit has carried out it's first live trials using the seventy thousand pound machine. It's hoped if it proves a success, more of the trolleys will be bought. ITV Meridian spoke to Lead murse for Clinical Care at the RBH, Rob Williams.

Concerns over understaffing in maternity unit

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading needs to improve - that's the verdict of an inspection carried out by the Care Quality Commission. One of the biggest concerns was the understaffing of the maternity unit which led inspectors to close two beds on the ward to improve safety.

However the CQC acknowledged the Royal Berkshire IS a busy hospital and stressed the Trust had taken immediate action. Richard Slee reports.

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"The report presents a mixed picture"

A spokesperson gave this statement with regards to the Royal Berkshire Hospital needing improvements.

This report presents a detailed and in depth look at the way our services run. We are extremely pleased to have performed well in many areas with some areas receiving an outstanding rating. However, the report does present a mixed picture.

We recognise many of the areas highlighted by the CQC as requiring action and work was already underway to address these issues such as recruiting more permanent nursing staff and managing medical records. Our efforts now will focus on making the improvements necessary to provide a consistently high standard across all of our services.

– Statement from the Royal Berkshire Hospital

New dementia-friendly wards to open

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New dementia-friendly wards will open at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

The Royal Berkshire Hospital will open their new dementia friendly wards later today, thanks to funding from the department of health.

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New dementia-friendly wards will open at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

The refurbishment includes reminiscence rooms which are decorated in old newspaper covers, colour coded wards as well as a cinema room to help patients relax.

'Virtual wards' could ease the pressure on hospital beds

People who need hospital treatment could be looked after in their own homes in future.

Health experts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading are looking at a new 'Hospital at home' scheme to relieve the pressure on beds.

Patients would receive daily nursing care and treatment - but is it just about saving money? Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewee: Lindsey Barker, Consultant Physician at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

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Ten more hospital beds in upgrade of A&E

Walls will be knocked down to create more room for A&E Credit: Press Association Images

The A&E department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading will be expanded as part of a £810,000 upgrade. The accident and emergency department will grow by knocking through walls of neighbouring offices and education suites to create room for 10 more beds.

Managers at the hospital say to A&E department is too small to cope with the number of patients coming through its doors. Works will start in the summer.

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