Sonning Common Health Centre

Sonning Common Health Centre

39 Wood Lane, Reading, RG4 9SW

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NHS

Telephone: 0118 972 2188

Out of Hours: 111

Sonning Common will be running some additional COVID Clinics in January 2022 – Sunday 16th & Sunday 30th – 10 am to 12 noon.                  COVID Booster: All patients who are eligible can also book COVID vaccine appointments via the National Booking Service.                          We are inviting patients to make flu jab appointments. Please phone Reception to book an appointment.

Welcome to Sonning Common Health Centre

Walk-In Clinic – Sunday 16th January 11 am to 11:45 am

We will be running a Walk-In Clinic (with limited numbers) alongside our Sunday 16th January COVID Clinic.  Walk-Ins will only be available from 11 am to 11:45 am – please provide your NHS number & COVID Vaccination history.  We will be offering 1st, 2nd and Booster vaccinations and this is open to both Sonning Common Health Centre patients and non-patients, 18 and over.

COVID Clinics for January 2022

Sonning Common has two Sunday COVID Clinics planned for January to cover Booster Appointments for all eligible patients 18+ but these are also open for 1st and 2nd COVID Vaccination appointments. Please book online via NHS App or Patient Access – go to appointments and choose COVID clinics and choose a date and time or through the COVID booking line (01189722188 – Option 8). The COVID booking line will be manned from 9 am – 4 pm. 

Sunday 16th January 10 am to 12 noon

Sunday 30th January 10 am to 12 noon

Patients can also book COVID vaccine appointments via the National Booking service: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Omicron update

Urgent work is ongoing to fully understand how the Omicron variant may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines and transmissibility.  We will update you when we have more information.  Vaccines continue to remain the best line of defence.  The Government has good reason to remain confident that our current vaccines will provide protection against the new variant but the extent of this continues to be investigated.

All adults who have not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine, or those who are eligible for their booster are encouraged to come forward to help protect themselves and others.  This can be done through the national booking service.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) now advises:

• All adults aged 18 to 39 years should be offered a booster dose, in order of descending age groups, to increase their levels of protection.

• Booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after the primary course.

• All severely immunosuppressed individuals should be offered their booster dose no sooner than three months after completing their primary course of 3 doses.

• Young people aged 12 to 15 years should receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after their first dose.

The booster will be offered in order of descending age groups, with priority given to the vaccination of older adults and those in a COVID-19 at-risk group.  This will accelerate the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and raise levels of protection across the population.   The NHS is working on the plans to offer the booster to the new groups above.  But please note that this is not available yet.  We will update you as the service develops but please remember the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.  Please do not ring the GP practice.

Patients can book COVID vaccine appointments via the National Booking service: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Whilst taking part in the initial two phases of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, Sonning Common Health Centre has delivered over 14,000 doses.  This could not have been achieved without the brilliant effort of all our staff and a long list of volunteers and supporters.

 

Covid Pass scams: please be aware of scammers who send text messages or emails regarding Covid vaccinations and vaccination passes. Please do not provide personal information. You can get Covid Pass information via the NHS App https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/  There is information on Covid scams here: Check if something might be a scam – Citizens Advice

econsult – Online Consultation Service

Our staff are wearing face masks and/or additional PPE. We have limited socially distanced seating in the waiting room. We kindly ask that our patients continue to wear masks, gel their hands and respect social distancing measures when visiting the practice. This is to protect staff and vulnerable patients in whom the vaccine may not be effective and to reduce the chance of more cases of long Covid. Covid cases are rising steeply and we are seeing cases in double vaccinated patients.

Please do not attend the surgery if you have any Covid symptoms e.g. cough, temperature, loss of sense of taste and smell, if you are awaiting the results of a PCR test or have been told to isolate. Please test with a PCR (arranged online or by calling 119) if you have symptoms, as a lateral flow test is not accurate. Thank you for your understanding and support in keeping us all safe.

To protect vulnerable patients and our staff we need to continue to minimise the amount of patients visiting the health centre. Only come to the health centre if you have a face to face appointment or if you need to visit the dispensary. Please only request a medically urgent same day telephone appointment when you really feel this is required. We need to ensure we can deal with those in most medical need first.

Please call or email our Reception team, use the econsult facility on our website or use Patient Access https:/www.patientaccess.com/ for all other enquiries.

Patients can wait outside the Health Centre if they choose, or in their car and be called from the car park. Please phone Reception so they are aware that you have arrived and are waiting outside. Please wear a face covering before entering the health centre: whether you are coming for an appointment or if you need to visit the dispensary. Practice social distancing in the health centre and wait outside if there are more than 2 people in the reception area. Use hand gel when you arrive and try to use the toilet at home before visiting the health centre.

Please do not visit the Health Centre if:

  • you have any Covid symptoms: loss of smell or taste, a high temperature, a new persistent cough
  • you have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid in the previous 14 days
  • you have been instructed to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • you are awaiting a Covid test result
  • you are at any increased risk of having or spreading the virus, e.g. quarantining after travel

Please visit NHS 111 online at https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 or call 119 if you have symptoms.

Clinics

Baby immunisations, dressings and cervical screening appointments will continue but we request that only one patient accompanies babies/children and only one carer/relative attends with frail adults or unwell patients. Please phone to check beforehand if you are unsure.

Repeat prescription requests can be dropped in the post box on the outer wall of the surgery by dispensary; however we encourage you to sign up for online services so that you can order your medication electronically. Please consider signing up for the NHS App to request your repeat medication:https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/

FISH – Support and Transport for the Community

Telephone 0118 972 3986, email fishvolunteercentre.org.uk or visit www.fishvolunteercentre.org.uk

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