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No Hepatitis A nor combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines

There is a global shortage of Hepatitis A vaccines. We do not have any stock of Hepatitis A nor combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines at present. We are waiting for an update on when we will receive vaccines. The following options are recommended at the present time to get a Hepatitis A or combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccine:


Hearing Aid Battery provision – important changes

From June you will need a battery book to obtain hearing aid batteries. You can get a battery book by:

  • Emailing your name, date of birth and address with the subject of Battery Card to audiology.royalberkshire@nhs.net OR
  • By sending your details to Batteries, Audiology 3, Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road, Reading, RG1 5AN OR
  • By collecting one at your next visit to the drop-in repairs or maintenance clinics

Chlamydia

Patients can access a free online chlamydia testing service at https://chlamydia.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk/

Training

Training for General Practice at Sonning Common Health Centre

Sonning Common is a semi-rural dispensing practice with 8,700 patients. It has been a training practice since 1972, one of the first in the Reading area. The current trainers are Drs Sue Ronay, Kim Emerson and Alison McKinlay who became trainers in 1999, 2001 and 2011 respectively. This allows us to accommodate more than one trainee at a time which is good for the practice and trainees alike.

The other doctors in the practice are Ralph Drury (diabetes lead), Ellen Kruidenier (palliative care and child protection lead), Tess Harris (Reader in Primary Care St George's University of London) and  all are actively involved in teaching students, FY1s or the specialist GP trainees.

We have a great district and practice nurse team and one of our district nurses is a district nurse tutor so there are good opportunities for joint teaching.

We are committed to the practice providing a good learning environment with all the primary care team involved in teaching and learning together. The induction period allows the trainees to get to know practice systems and to spend time with all members of the multidisciplinary team. The trainees have 3 education sessions, 7 clinical sessions per week which includes a half day of protected time each week for a tutorial, individual learning time and the day release. In addition they have joint surgeries once a month on average. There are also in-house weekly lunch-time meetings which contribute to the ongoing team education.

We are linked to the Reading Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice for which ST3s are released for a whole day each week and ST1s / 2s on alternate Tuesday afternoons. The training program can be found at http://www.readingvts.org/.

 

The trainees have their own room with a networked PC with full internet and intranet access. We have recently moved to EMIS web for our clinical system and we provide a fully kitted doctors bag.  We have multiple facilities for videoing.

The trainees have five weeks annual leave and 5 days study leave in addition to the weekly education sessions and these are flexible to be suited to individual learning needs.

Out Of Hours (OOH) is commissioned by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Out Of Hours centre is based in Abingdon with a satellite centre in Henley. Our registrars arrange OOH training through Oxfordshire OOHs with an approved trainer in Abingdon, Witney or Henley. Some trainees who live further afield have also negotiated doing some OOH sessions closer to home.

If you would like to discuss GP training further, please contact Sue Ronay, Kim Emerson, Alison McKinlay or any of our current trainees.

Quotes from previous trainees

“A very friendly place to work, where you really feel supported and part of the team.  The whole practice meets daily for coffee.”

 

“Having 2 registrars is great.  We shared our highs, lows and it was useful for exam prep and shared tutorials too.”



 
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