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Flu clinics for 2018/19

Please book an appointment with our Reception team if you are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Our flu newsletter provides more information. You can read it via the link on our website homepage or pick up a copy from the surgery.

This year there is a vaccine for adults aged 18 years and over but below the age of 65 and a different type of vaccine for people aged 65 years and over.


New GP Registrar

Dr Oliver Walsgrove joined the health centre on Wednesday 1st August. Dr Walsgrove is a GP Registrar who will be at the surgery for one year.

We wish Dr Matt Foroghi all the best in the future as he has completed his training with us now and is moving on to a new role.

Prescription Update - Dovobet and Emollients

We are examining our prescribing of creams to improve care and follow the Oxfordshire formulary.  All creams are available to purchase over the counter if people wish to continue using the ones they are using, although some of the changes are to improve safety.

Please read either or both of the letters below, which explains the matter in more detail.

Dovobet patient information letter

Emollient patient information letter

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

From the 25th May a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect.

How we use your information

For guidance on how we use your information please read our Privacy Notice or read the poster on the noticeboard in our foyer

For general useful information about GP practices read this helpful guide - It's your practice - A Patient Guide to GP Services

PSA/Prostate testing:

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 screenign 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 bellow 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 link to the right for further information Prostate information sheets

Dr Kim On  

Dr Kim On will take over from Dr Ellen from August 2018. As many patients will know Dr Ellen Kruidenier left SCHC at the end of April to take a career break.

Ear syringing

We stopped ear syringing at the end of March for all patients except those who the hospital's Ear, Nose & Throat department have requested it for or pre-referral to the Audiology (hearing) clinic. Patients can contact the following clinics to arrange ear syringing privately:

The Hearing Clinic, 25 Hart Street, Henley, 01491 577555, Leightons Opticians (branches in Reading, Woodley and Marlow). The Reading branch can be reached on 0118 959 0055 or visit or The Oxford Hearing Centre, Eynsham Road, Oxford, 01865 861861.

Micro suction is available at The ENT Consultancy at The Forbury Clinic, 23 Craven Road, Reading. 0118 921 3166 or visit

Strength & Balance events from Age UK Oxfordshire

On Fridays, 1.30-2.30pm at Sonning Common Village Hall. £4 per class, the first class is free.

Please see the poster below. Classes start on Friday 7th September.

Strength & Balance classes at SC village hall

Go Active Gold Events

  • Fitness MOT

    • Where? - Sonning Common Village Hall
    • When?  - Dates to be advised
      • Info: Free fitness check-ups and activity advise + Refreshements

For more details take a look at this poster! Fitness MOT

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How to Manage Your Conditions and help the NHS

Please click the link below and read this NHS poster. manage your condition poster 

Support for Young People affected by Crime:

Please feel free to visit the above link, should it be of interest to you.

Diving Medicals

We now offer Occupational Diving Medicals. Please click here  to read further.  


Please click here to see the list of private fees payable by patients.

Limited Hepatitis A and limited Typhoid vaccines

We have limited supplies of Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Please check on the availability of these vaccines with our Reception team in plenty of time before travelling. Patients may need to obtain these vaccines privately at the MASTA Travel Clinic in Reading or at a large Boots store if we do not have the vaccines in stock.

Thinking of Traveling and want more advice on how best to prepare? Take a look at our overseas travel advice here


Patients can access a free online chlamydia testing service at

Shingles information

Shingles eligibility poster

Please click the above link to view a shingles eligibility poster - please check if you fall into the eligible age group(s) and contact us for an immunisation if you need one.

Please note that:
  • People are not eligible for an immunisation if they are over 80 years of age.
  • It is medically recommended not to have a shingles vaccine if you have had shingles in the last year.

NHS Bulletin

NHS England decides new OTC prescribing rules


NHS England has recommended an exemption to new OTC prescribing guidance for patients whose ability to self-manage their health is compromised.

Following the recent OTC medicines prescribing consultation, it has issued an OTC guidance letter, offering implementation advice to CCGs.

Medical, mental health or significant social vulnerability are among the reasons for prescribing to take place.


Read more on DDA Online today. 

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