Sonning Common Health Centre

Sonning Common Health Centre

39 Wood Lane, Reading, RG4 9SW

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Telephone: 0118 972 2188

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We are withdrawing from the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme from the end of November.   Patients can 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

COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME: HenleySonNet PCN  which consists of The Bell Surgery, The Hart Surgery, Nettlebed Surgery and Sonning Common Health Centre is withdrawing from the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme from the end of November. As a PCN, we would have delivered more than 50,000 vaccinations and our own patient group at Sonning Common Health Centre has delivered over 14,000 of that total.

It has been a challenging year for all to deliver the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in tandem with the operations of the Practice but this could not have been achieved without the brilliant effort of all our staff and a long list of volunteers and supporters of all four Practices.  We now feel that after a year of being a part of the Vaccination Programme, delivering the Booster Vaccine to Stage 1 (Cohorts 1-4 which includes the most at risk), is the right time to step back and provide a stronger focus on our patients as we enter into the winter period.

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

 

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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