What We Provide
QVI provides affordable foot care services for people who are over 60 or unable to manage their own foot care due to disability or a medical condition. The growing number of people living with diabetes and/ or living with the effects of a stroke means that the charity’s services are needed more than ever.
The charity, managed by a board of Trustees, provides a clinic at 17 St John’s Road, RG1 4EB, and also oversees the delivery of foot care services at its satellite clinic in Earley and, in some cases, at patients’ homes.
The ‘Queen Victoria Institute for nursing the sick poor of Reading’, was founded in 1897 following a public meeting at the Reading Town Hall. Its purpose then was to provide domiciliary nursing for people in Reading who could not afford medical care. The QVI employed nurses who provided their services free (paid for by philanthropists in the town). By the 1930’s QVI had also developed a service for over 10,000 subscribers who effectively insured against the cost of nursing. Over 40 local firms subscribed to the service for their employees. At its height, QVI employed 23 nurses and undertook some 78,000 visits per year.
The 1946 National Health Service Act changed the role of QVI. From 1 July 1948, Reading Borough Council became responsible for domiciliary nursing and an agreement was reached between the borough and the Charity. The nurses became employees of the council. Since then and over the years, the Institute has gradually redefined its purpose. Up to 1972, the nurses provided night time assistance in people’s homes.
The historical records of the charity, including photographs, minute books and annual reports are lodged at the Berkshire Record Office and open to public inspection. Records from 2006 onwards are held at the Clinic.
Whether you are a long standing patient or new to our clinic, we invite you to join us. We welcome new ideas, value enthusiasm and are always interested to know if you would like to join the team of trustees that run the charity.
Please contact us for more information.