Royal Berkshire Hospital
The Royal Berkshire Hospital on London Road opened in 1839 and the hospitals first patron was Queen Victoria.
The land was donated by Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth a local resident and former Prime Minister. The hospital was built by local architect and builder Henry Briant at a cost of £30,000. Great Western Railway and the Benyon family donated significant sums towards the costs.
Catherine Middleton, wife of Prince William was born in this hospital in 1982, as too was her sister, Pippa Middleton a year later in 1983.
After an eight year project, the Battle Hospital moved into the Royal Berkshire Hospital site in 2006 and the trusts name changed from Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust to Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Charity has been a byword for the hospital since it opened in 1839 but it wasn’t until 2010 that a Fundraising Department was set up. With a small team of 3 people we set about raising our profile and awareness in the community and re-launched The Royal Berks Charity in September 2010. As a charity we raise funds to purchase the extras that enhance patient care, improve staff training and welfare and buy the most up to date equipment.
The trust provides acute hospital and outpatient services (including A&E) in Reading and specialist and outpatient services from a number of other locations. For more information about the Hospital and the services provided, please click the following link to the Royal Berkshire Hospital website.