We are a friendly, caring practice with a strong sense of teamwork and innovation. We want you, the patient, to feel that you are important to us.
While we inevitably spend much of our time dealing with illness, we lay great stress on prevention and on improving your health. We aim to help to develop a healthy community and have fostered the development of easily accessible exercise schemes such as Health Walks, HealthCycling and the Green Gym.
The Health Centre was opened in 1970 and has grown since. Located in a semi-rural area, we look after a population of approximately 9000 patients within a six-mile radius extending into the northern suburbs of Reading and west of Henley-on-Thames. We dispense medicines to about a third of our patients (eligible because they live more than a mile from the local pharmacy 'as the crow flies').
Matters of Memory Talks
The first of three Matters of Memory talks will be held from 2-4pm on Tuesday 26th February at the surgery. Speakers will be Kate Hampton from Dementia Oxfordshire and Diana Beveridge – who spent several years as a one-to-one carer.
For more information and to book a place, please click here: Matters of Memory poster Matters of Memory booking form
Building work at the surgery
We will be undertaking some internal building work to increase consulting space at the surgery. The work will take place from January and will last for approximately 12 weeks. We will work hard to keep disruption to a minimum and we apologise for any inconvenience that the building work may cause.
Read our Flu newsletter autumn 2018 by clicking this newsletter link.
This year there is a different vaccine for patients aged 65 years and over, it is called Fluad. Please contact our Reception team to make an appointment if you haven't yet had a flu jab.
The vaccine for eligible patients aged 18 to 65 years is a Quadrivalent vaccine. Please contact Reception to make an appointment for this vaccine if you are eligible.
Children's flu vaccine - this is given as a nasal spray for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years who are eligible. Please contact Reception to make an appointment if your child is eligible for this vaccine.
Dr Kim On
Please click here to see the news about Dr Ellen's patients moving to Dr Kim On and other GPs.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
A new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018.
How we use your information
For guidance on how we use your information please read our Privacy Notice and our Transparency Statement or read the poster on the noticeboard in our foyer.
There is currently no screening programme for prostate cancer in the UK. This is because it has not been proved that the benefits would outweigh the risks.
Instead of national screening programmes, there is an informed choice programme called prostate cancer risk management for healthy men aged 50 or over who ask their GP about PSA testing. It aims to give men good information on the pros and cons of a PSA test.
This only applies to men without urinary symptoms, and if you've had any changes or worries about how you pass water please see your GP.
If you're a man aged 50 or over and decide to have your PSA levels tested after talking to your GP or reading about the pros and cons, we will be able to arrange for it to be carried out for free on the NHS.
If you are thinking about asking for a PSA test, and the below information doesn't answer your questions, it is important that you first discuss whether it is right for you with your GP so you understand what the results might mean.
For further information please see: Prostate cancer PSA testing - NHS UK
Please click the icon to the right for further information sheets
Prostate information sheets
Healthy Activities for all ages booklet
This booklet provides information on local groups and activities to inspire local residents to join a new group or to take up a new challenge. Thank you to Sue Litchfield for compiling this informative guide. Click here to view it: Healthy Activities around Sonning Common. For more activities, take a look here: Addendum to Healthy Activities.
Patients - Accessible information
If you have impaired sight and would like a large-print copy of the patient brochure, please ask at reception.
To the bottom of the screen is our Extended GP Access information. Please click the link below for future dates. They are on some Wednesday and Friday evenings and some Saturday and Sunday mornings.
(Site updated 12/02/2019)