Winter 2019 newsletter
Please see our homepage for a link to our winter 2019 newsletter.
Please note, we prefer payment by card if possible, as we are trying to minimise the amount of cash we take - thank you.
Men’s health information
November is Movember month where there is a campaign focusing on men’s health. Please look at the men’s health information on display on our topic table in the health centre foyer this month.
What is an NHS Health Check?
The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It's designed to sport early signs of stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
How do I get an NHS Health Check?
If you're in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a text message or letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every five years. In the meantime, you may want to try this online Heart Age test.
Please click here for more information: NHS health checks.
Sonning Common Carers Group
The Sonning Common Carers Group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 2pm - 3:30pm at Abbeycrest Care Home, Kennylands Road, Essex Way, Sonning Common, RG4 9RG. Please contact Sue Devine on 07468 862177 for more information.
Flu clinic dates
Please book an appointment with Reception. Our clinics are by appointment only and are not walk in clinics. For more information please read our flu newsletter: the newsletter is on the homepage of our website or pick up a copy at the health centre.
Blood tests for children
Children up to the age of 11 will have to book a blood test with Kempton Day Bed Unit - they can no longer attend the Path Lab as walk-in patients.
Clinics are held for five to 11-year-olds at Kempton. Clinics run on Tuesdays, 9:00-12:00, and Fridays, 13:00-16:00.
For children under five, please contact Kempton Day Bed Unit for a date and time for the child to be seen. EMLA cream can be applied on the ward.
Telephone (booking): 0118 322 7512.
Social prescribing update
Social prescribing is a service provided by Age UK Oxfordshire which operates across South Oxfordshire in conjunction with local GP surgeries including Sonning Common Health Centre.
Across South Oxfordshire social prescribers have seen in excess of 110 people since March 2019, visiting them and their families in their own homes, working to support their individual needs in order to maintain a better quality of living.
Social prescribers work with anyone over the age of 18 years old, which can be as a result of a GP referral or self-referral. For further information, please see Social Prescribing leaflets located at the health centre or visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/our-services/social-prescribing/.
Please click here PACE Findings to read about the recent PACE findings from Professor Tess Harris of St. George's University, London. Tess Harris is also a salaried GP at Sonning Common Health Centre.
Macular Society Reading Group
The Macular Society Reading Group is looking for volunteers - someone who can see and handle e-mails, have some new ideas and ideally drive. For further information, please contact Val Sandle at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Tony Hassan (Chairman) on 0118 969 4096.
Information for our dispensing patients
In response to a NHS initiative to reduce waste and increase efficiency we are moving all dispensing patients to monthly repeat prescriptions. If you pay for your prescriptions this may involve having to pay more but you can purchase an annual Prescription Pre-payment certificate online which enables you to get as many prescriptions as needed for a year for a one off fee of £104. If you are on more than one medication this will save you money. This can be found at www.gov.uk/get-a-ppc or by calling 0300 330 1341.
If you get free NHS prescriptions this should not affect you. If you need more than one month's supply of medication (if going on holiday for example) you can request this. If you have any questions relating to this please speak to our dispensary team.
New GP registrars
Dr Phanida Fung and Dr Cranna Pinto joined the practice team on Wednesday 7th August. Welcome to them both. Both doctors will be with us for a year.
Dr Abi Taylor is at the health centre until February 2020, having joined us in February 2019.
Following our successful Matters of Memory Day in July 2018, a dementia information booklet has been produced. The booklet provides information on local organisations and groups for patients with dementia and their carers. Please click here to read it: Dementia Information Booklet.
Loneliness Help Information
Please click on this link, which provides information for people that are lonely: Loneliness Help Information.
EpiPen and EpiPen Junior
There are supply issues with EpiPen and EpiPen Junior. The pen is valid until the end of the month that it expires and certain batches of adult EpiPen can be used safely for 4 months after the expiry date.
Please do not dispose of expired devices until you have a replacement. We have written to affected patients to provide information to them.
Sonning Common Late Spring Bereavement Support Group
There will be a new bereavement group starting on 1st October 2019 at FISH. This will run on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2pm - 3:30pm. Please contact Rachel on 07827 235420 or email@example.com for more information. Click here to see the publicity poster: Sonning Common Late Spring Bereavement Support Group.
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
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 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 link to the right for further information Prostate information sheets
We stopped ear syringing at the end of March 2018 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. Please read this ear wax guidance note.
Unfortunately Tripp Hearing will no longer be running clinics at Sonning Common Health Centre; however they are continuing their clinics at Goring Surgery. Please visit http://www.tripphearing.co.uk/services/external-clinics/ for more details.
Patients can also 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 www.leightons.co.uk.
The Oxford Hearing Centre, Eynsham Road, Oxford, 01865 861861.
The Forbury Clinic (the ENT consultancy), 23 Craven Road, Reading, 0118 921 3166 or www.theentconsultancy.co.uk.
Active Hearing, Spire Dunedin Hospital, Consulting Rooms, 13 Bath Road, Reading, RG1 6NS, 0800 612 9727 or https://www.active-hearing.com/.
Eyesite Opticians, 142 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EX, 0118 950 9090 or https://www.eyesite.co.uk/reading/ (£60 for two ears, £40 for one ear).
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.
Strength and Balance Classes
Go Active Gold Events
South Oxfordshire GO Active Gold activities
GO Active Gold encourages people aged 60+ and living in rural areas to live more active lifestyles.
For up to date local classes, check this link https://www.getoxfordshireactive.org/uploads/south-oxfordshire-activities.pdf
Many of the activities have moved from the village hall to Christ the King hall.
SCHC - Health News
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.
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 https://chlamydia.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk/
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 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.