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 and the Great Western Railway and Benyon family both donated significant sums towards the cost.
Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 1982, and her sister, Pippa, a year later.
After an eight year project, the Battle Hospital moved onto the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2006 and the Trust’s name was changed from the Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust, to the 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 three people we set about raising our profile and awareness in the community, and re-launched as 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.
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..