COVID Vaccination update: 7th May 2021
This practice is continuing to invite patients to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Sonning Common Health Centre. We are currently inviting patients aged 40 – 49 (priority group 10a & b), and those in the priority groups 1 – 9 who are still to have their first or second dose. We will send out invitations to book appointments when the vaccine becomes available. Patients outside these groups are asked to wait until their priority group is released nationally.
Please call our Reception team to make an appointment for a vaccination if you haven't received one. Please read the information leaflets below in advance of attending for your vaccination. For the Pfizer vaccine - Patients will need to wait on site for 15 minutes after the vaccine has been given. For the Astra Zeneca vaccine - Patients do not need to wait 15 minutes unless they are driving. Please walk to the health centre or arrange a lift if you can.
Please note: As soon as vaccine supplies are confirmed and permission is released nationally for the next cohort (patients aged 30 – 39 in priority group 11), Sonning Common will be in contact to invite this group to book both their 1st and 2nd Vaccination at our Health Centre. This option may be more convenient for those patients who find it difficult to travel to a Mass Vaccination Site.
For patients under the age of 30 years who are fit and healthy the current advice is not to give the Astra Zeneca vaccination for the time being although if you have already had a first vaccination you should go ahead and have a second vaccination. For more advice and questions concerning blood clots please click on this link: Covid 19 and blood clotting information about your vaccination
Household members of patients who are immunocompromised: we are inviting these household members for a vaccination. This includes people taking drugs which affect their immunity, those living with conditions such as HIV or MS and those undergoing chemotherapy. If you are in a bubble with someone who is immunocompromised but do not live with them or are living with an immunocompromised person who is not registered with us please contact us as we will not pick you up automatically.
Please ensure we have your up to date email address and/or mobile number so we can invite you efficiently. Please do NOT phone the surgery, but email email@example.com to update any details in writing.
1st Vaccinations have been provided to 94% of our patients who fall under Cohorts 1-9. In total, over 5800 of our patients (58% of our patient population) have received first vaccinations to date. For the month of April, Sonning Common Health Centre have provided a total of 1776 vaccinations – the biggest month to date since the COVID Clinics commenced. This was made up of 1473 2nd doses and 303 1st doses.
Information leaflets to read before your vaccinations - please click the links below:
For more information about the Covid 19 vaccination please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine
For more information on priority groups please click here: Covid-19-vaccination-first-phase-priority-groups
Frontline healthcare and frontline social care workers: if you are in this group and haven't received a Covid vaccination please email occg.primarycareCOVID@nhs.net to arrange a vaccination. If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org - please allow a few days for a reply as our teams at the health centre are really busy.
Please wait to hear from us with a Covid appointment invitation by text, email or phone call. Please do not call the health centre with general enquiries as our phone lines are very busy.
Please be aware and vigilant about fake Covid vaccination invitations being sent by scammers. This BBC website link provides more information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55811161 - do not click on any links on emails if you are unsure about the email. Please be aware of fake phone calls too about Covid vaccination invites.
To protect vulnerable patients and our staff we need to continue to minimise the amount of patients visiting the health centre. Please only come to the health centre if you have a face to face appointment or if you need to visit the dispensary.
Please call or email our Reception team, use the econsult facility on our website (under the Online Services tab) or use Patient Access https:/www.patientaccess.com/ for all other enquiries.
Appointments and services during Covid 19
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 or if:
-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.
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.
Patients can if they choose, wait in the car park or in their car and be called from the car park. Please call 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.
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. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.
Please help to stop the spread of Covid 19: keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering and stay at home except for specific reasons. You may not experience the worst symptoms yourself if you catch the virus, but you may pass it on to loved ones who do. If you get symptoms, self-isolate immediately and visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus to get a Covid test or visit NHS 111 Online at https://111.nhs.uk
We have set up a Facebook page to enable us to quickly update social media users with important news, particularly around the Covid vaccine.
We will still be putting key information on our website.
Covid recovery information leaflet: this leaflet provides advice and help for patients, who have had Covid 19. Please click here to view it: Covid recovery leaflet.
Blood tests: There is a high demand for blood tests at the health centre as RBH's Phlebotomy service is limited and we are not able to provide as many blood tests at the health centre at the present time due to the requirement for thorough cleaning between patients and the need to limit the amount of patients in the building to keep our patients and staff safe. If there is a long wait at the health centre patients can go to:
-Bracknell Healthspace: for walk in general blood tests, Monday to Friday, 8am to 3.30pm
-An appointment only clinic at West Berkshire Community Hospital in the Phlebotomy department
Please click here for more information: Phlebotomy information
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/
Social distancing and hand hygiene: Please practice social distancing in the health centre and wait outside if there are more than 2 people in the reception area. Please use hand gel when you arrive and use the toilet at home before visiting the health centre.
Advice for parents: please click this link: Advice for parents when child unwell or injured
Sick notes: We are not issuing any sick notes relating to covid in line with government advice. Please see this generic document for employers: Generic sick note
Coronavirus support groups
Sonning Common Support group: this group isn't operating now and some volunteers have joined FISH.
Binfield Heath Covid 19 support group: 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 support group: click this link for more information: Parish of Eye & Dunsden corona support group
Highmoor Volunteers: email email@example.com or call 07904 691093 (Elaine or Judi). Poster: Highmoor Volunteers flyer
Shiplake: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/165173087861216/about/
Contact Joanne Stone: 0118 940 6665, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate Oldridge at email@example.com
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
Age UK Oxfordshire: please click the links for information on a bereavement support telephone line - Late Spring bereavement support telephone line and Late Spring virtual meetings for people who have been bereaved or who know someone who has been bereaved - Late Spring virtual meetings
The National Bereavement Partnership has a helpline for individuals who need to speak to someone when a family member or friend is ill or has sadly died. The website for the charity is www.nationalbereavementpartnership.org
Dementia information booklet: this booklet provides information for patients with dementia and their carers. Please click this link: Dementia information booklet
Keep fit at home, local walks and bike rides: click here for more information - walks and bike rides.
Tips for looking after your mental and physical health
Please click here: Mental and physical health
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: Activities Booklet v6
Addendum May 2021
Sonning Common Health Centre's 50th anniversary event: will take place in September 2021
We are hoping to hold this event on Saturday 4th September at the health centre. If you or someone you know worked at the health centre please let us know your contact details. You can email Sue Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 0118 972 2188.
Vision Statement, Core Values and Patient Charter
Please click this link to read 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 and our how we use your medical records document.
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/
If you have impaired sight and would like a large-print copy of our patient brochure please contact us. 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'.
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