Building Berkshire Together

‘Delivering Outstanding Care for Our Communities’

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is undertaking a major modernisation of its services and buildings. Our dual objective is to develop and deliver outstanding NHS services that are fit for the future, and to play a greater part in the growth and development of our local economy. This long-term, redevelopment programme will involve a major investment over the course of the next ten years and will involve every one of our public and private sector partners.

A redeveloped or relocated hospital will be a catalyst for collaboration between the NHS, the academic community and local business, stimulating inward investment, innovation and jobs.

The original Royal Berkshire Hospital was constructed in 1839. Today some patients are still treated in wards which are now more than 175 years old. A significant part of the hospital estate is beyond economic repair or too small to meet all the needs of our local communities. Despite these challenges we consistently provide modern, high-quality, acute and specialist care, and over the past three years we have been rapidly developing our digital capabilities to improve the care we deliver.

Today the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is rated good by the Care Quality Commission. It is well-led, caring, safe and responsive and the outpatient and diagnostic imaging services are rated outstanding. Yet despite these excellent ratings our hospital buildings have a significant backlog of maintenance problems and severely restricted space. Many of our buildings are no longer completely fit for purpose.

The Strategic Outline Case

In September 2019, the Department of Health & Social Care published its Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP), and announced that the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust would be one of 40 hospital Trusts to receive seed funding to develop a business case for redevelopment.

We spent 2020 developing a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) that considers the various options for the future redevelopment of our hospital. Following in-depth engagement with our stakeholders, we have now completed this Strategic Outline Case and have submitted it to NHS England. It sets out the broad options our Trust board believes should be worked up in more detail over the next few months. We are now ready to proceed rapidly. You can read the full public summary of our SOC here.

Next Steps

Now that our Strategic Outline Case has been submitted, we are moving on to the next phase of this exciting project, the development of a more detailed Outline Business Case (OBC). During this phase, we will continue to engage with our local communities to ensure we are truly ‘Building Berkshire Together’.

Your Views

We hope you have had a chance to read our Strategic Outline Case, which considers some options for the future redevelopment of the Royal Berkshire hospital. 

What matters now is that we hear your views. We would also like to understand a little more about you so that we can be sure we are hearing from the full range of people in our diverse community. 

So, please click the button below which says ‘take survey’ and then complete the four initial questions before moving onto the main survey questions.