We are trying to minimise everyone's risk by reducing the number of patients attending the health centre. For all appointments already booked and future appointments, we ask you to not visit the health centre and the clinician will phone you at the time of your booked appointment on the phone number we have. We hope that most problems can be dealt with over the phone but we will continue to see patients if needed. If you know you need a face to face appointment, e.g. for a wound dressing, come in as normal if you have no coronavirus symptoms. Please phone to check beforehand if you are unsure.
Please visit the NHS111 online at https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 or call NHS111 if you have symptoms.
Latest guidance, dated 17th March:
-If you live alone and have symptoms of coronavirus illness however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
-If you live with others and you or one of them has symptoms of coronavirus then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
If you have coronavirus symptoms:
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them that you are staying at home
- Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you are staying at home
Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.
Staying at home guidance: click this link for Staying at home guidance
Social distancing guidance: click this link for Social distancing guidance
Advice for increased risk patients: please click this link for information: Advice for increased risk patients updated 30th March2020
To protect yourself and others:
-Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze
-Bin the tissue and to kill the germs wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a sanitiser gel.
Please click here to see our patient brochure: Practice brochure.
Please note all hospitals have been instructed to cancel all non-urgent appointments and operations.
Hospitals will contact you directly to either
1) make arrangements for appointments to be carried out remotely
2) to rearrange/temporarily cancel
3) for clinically urgent appointments to confirm they are continuing.
Please do not contact the surgery, as we have no information. As you can imagine, all hospitals have a mammoth task ahead of them, and will be prioritising the most urgent tasks.
Following guidance we are NOT issuing 3 months of prescriptions. This is to ensure continued supplies so that all patients will continue to receive their medication. Please do not request your prescription if your prescription currently has more than 2 weeks remaining. Your request will be rejected. This follows national guidance to allow supply chains to restock and to ensure everyone has adequate to keep them going at the moment. Please click here to see the poster: Dispensing
Latest guidance from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) advises that we do not issue inhaler prescriptions for those that have not had inhalers for more than a year and are not currently being treated for asthma or COPD. We will have to reserve prescriptions for those being actively treated and those who have symptoms. If you have not ordered an inhaler for more than a year but think you need one please ask for a telephone consultation with the practice pharmacist or a GP.
We are not issuing any sick notes relating to Covid-19 in line with government advice. Please see this generic document for employers: Generic sick note
Repeat prescriptions and booking appointments
Please use the NHS app. If you have a passport photo or photo driving licence, this can be used as ID to create an account on the NHS app. You do not need to come to the surgery; with the app you can:
Please click here for the link to the NHS app: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/.
Summary Care Record (SCR) update: as a result of Covid 19 additional information will be automatically added to patients' summary care records (SCRs). This additional information includes details of long term conditions, relevant medical history and any personal or healthcare preferences. Providing this information on patients' summary care records will help healthcare staff outside this practice to provide the best possible care to you, should it be needed at this critical time. This update to your summary care record will be reviewed when the coronavirus outbreak is under control. More information about summary care records can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/about-the-nhs/your-health-records/
Coronavirus support groups
Sonning Common Support Group
View this poster for more information: Soco Coronavirus support group
Binfield Heath Covid 19 Mutal Aid support group
Please contact Jon Gittoes on 07384 383564 or Amanda Jennings on 07799 038492.
Stoke Row support group
View this poster for more information:Stoke Row support information
Sonning Eye & Dunsden
Click this web link for more information: Parish of Eye & Dunsden corona support group
Contact Elaine Mulvaney/Judi Stacpoole
Facebook Group - Highmoor Volunteers
Poster: Highmoor Volunteers flyer
Overall coordinators Joanne Stone 0118 940 6665 / email email@example.com and Kate Oldridge email firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone 0118 972 3986, email fishvolunteercentre.org.uk or visit www.fishvolunteercentre.org.uk
Age UK support service
Click here for more information on support by telephone: AGE UK support service
Healthy links: Please click here.
Active Leaders are now putting together 15 days of Easter Fun plans which will be available on line including challenges, crafts, investigations, creative things and games. AM and PM for 15 days once the traditional Easter break would have started for state schools: Active Leaders Easter 2020.
Here are the links to all our daily challenges and games which started last Saturday. Please share
Also on Facebook page Active Leaders
Keep fit at home
Coronavirus: How to exercise while staying at home https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51933762
Click here for information about home exercise sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HICE3ohB9zY&t=10s
Walks and bike rides
https://www.carfreewalks.org/walks/636/circular_walk_around_sonning_common But no stop for a drink at the pub
The following are just some who are doing takeaways; see also the window topic table. These are functioning on the 2/4/20.
Orwells at Shiplake https://www.orwellsrestaurant.com/orwells-home also deliver within a 5-mile radius.
Please click here for local walk routes: Greys Court walk Highmoor walk Kingwood walk Peppard walk Sonning Common / Peppard walk
Please click here for local cycle rides: Cyle ride 1 Cycle ride 1a Cycle ride 2 Cycle ride 2a
We have also attached details of walks and cycle rides to the window of the entrance area of the health centre, which can be photographed.
Tips for looking after your mental and physical health
Please click here: Mental and physical health
All health visiting clinics are cancelled across the county for the foreseeable future. Please click on "health visitors" on the "Services" tab above for more information.
For patients that struggle to come in for their asthma reviews, this online form is available: Asthma control test
We have a clinical pharmacist at the health centre most Wednesdays. Murray, our pharmacist, is conducting medication reviews with patients. Please contact our Reception team to book an appointment for a medication review. Please note these reviews are by telephone due to coronavirus.
Sonning Common Health Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary in July 2020.
If you or someone you know worked at the Health Centre please let us know your up-to-date contact details. You can email Lesley Chambers on email@example.com, alternatively call her on 0118 9721615 or leave a message for her at reception.
Mental health resources
Please click here for mental health resources information: Mental health resources for children Mental health resources for adults
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.
Vision Statement, Core Values and Patient Charter 2019
Please click this link to see this document:
Vision statement, core values and patient charter 2019
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, our How we use your medical records document and our Transparency Statement. There is also information on the noticeboard in our foyer.
If you have impaired sight and would like a large-print copy of our patient brochure please ask at reception. If you would like to view information on our website in a larger font size you can do so by using the browser settings on your computer to make the font a larger size.
How to Find and Contact Us
Our practice: we look after a population of almost 10,000 patients within a 6 mile radius, extending into the Northern suburbs of Reading and west of Henley. We dispense medicines to approximately a third of our patients, eligible because they live more than a mile from a local pharmacy 'as the crow flies'.
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 02/04/2020)