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NHS Staff Village in Reading to be operation for at least six weeks

Forty rooms have been installed in the new 'NHS Staff Village'. Picture credits: Caboose & Co

The organisation that has supplied and installed 40 temporary rooms at the new NHS Staff Village in Reading say it will be 'operational for a minimum of six weeks'.

The new site has been built in the grounds of Reading School, opposite the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

It has been built in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will provide much-needed relief to healthcare workers cope better with the demands of the crisis.

Rooms Wille occupied for three-day shifts and local businesses are to provide room cleaning services between each stay.

A pop-up supermarket providing convenience food and essential supplies also features within the 'village' should NHS employees require that.

The Visions Group and Caboose & Co were responsible for creating the new site.

Chris Norman, CEO Visions Group said:

“Our depot is located less than one mile away from the hospital and Reading School and we are immensely proud to have been awarded this contract supporting local community key workers at this crucial time as they continue to work tirelessly helping people fighting against this virus." 

Caboose & Co managing director Tom Critchley added:

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to help our incredible NHS in a time of need never witnessed before.

"Despite lockdown challenges, our Caboose team and transportation partners responded and adapted quickly, ensuring that rooms were rapidly deployed and installed to help ease community pressures.

"We’re proud to play our part in these exceptional times and help provide a convenient, comfy place for staff to rest after a physically and emotionally demanding shift.” 

(Picture credits: Caboose & Co)

Royal Berkshire Hospital CEO Steve McManus tweeted:

“The team has done an amazing job with all 40 accommodation units now in place.

"Staff pop-up supermarket to follow. Huge thanks to the team at Reading School for their ongoing support, and use of their grounds.” 

Reading School Headmaster Ashley Robson adds:

“I am so proud that the whole Reading School community has been able to play a part in supporting the incredible work of the Royal Berkshire Hospital during these challenging times.

"Over the coming weeks, our school grounds will become a second home to the NHS heroes who are selflessly serving the community and ensuring that lives are saved.” 

The site complements other accommodation being made available to NHS staff by local organisations across Reading.

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