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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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.

Covid Information and Vaccination Clinics

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/

 

COVID Clinic update – 21 December 2021

Booster Appointments are available for all eligible patients 18+ for Thursday 23rd December (2 pm to 6 pm) and Friday 31st December (2 pm to 4:20 pm).  Please book online via NHS App or Patient Access – go to appointments and choose COVID clinics and choose a date and time.  1st and 2nd COVID Vaccination appointments will continue to be offered in conjunction with the Booster Clinics.

We will also be running a WALK-IN CLINIC alongside the Thursday 23rd Clinic – 2 pm to 6 pm.  

COVID CLINICS at Sonning Common Health Centre in December

Following yesterday’s announcement, we have decided to push forward our Covid-19 booster program within the practice. We have added a clinic for this coming Sunday 19th December; and this can be booked online via NHS App/Patient Access or Through the Covid booking line (01189722188 – Option 8). The Covid booking line will be manned from 9 am – 4 pm. 

Please disregard the previous guidance we posted explaining that you may only book a booster if you have been invited. All patients who are currently eligible can book their vaccine through the services mentioned above.

Proposed dates:

Sunday 19th December 9 am to 1 pm

Wednesday 22nd December 2 pm to 7 pm

Thursday 23rd December 2 pm to 6 pm

Friday 31st December 2 pm to 4:20 pm

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/

COVID CLINICS at Sonning Common Health Centre in January

Due to the recent UK Government plan to significantly expedite the COVID Booster Vaccination Programme, we will review our COVID Clinics plans for January based on the demands of clinics in December.

Proposed dates:

Sunday 16th January 9 am to 1 pm (tbc)

Sunday 23rd January 9 am to 1 pm (tbc)

Sunday 30th January 9 am to 1 pm (tbc)

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/

15th November 2021

Following today’s announcement that patients over 40 years old are now eligible to receive a Covid booster dose and that 16 and 17 year olds are now eligible to receive a second dose: if you are in this group, please book an appointment via the online booking service through the NHS website or 119.

We would like to remind you that Sonning Common Health Centre, as part of the PCN, will be finishing Phase 3 of our vaccination programme at the end of November.  Our priority is to vaccinate our high risk and vulnerable patient groups.  Please keep these appointments available for this aforementioned group.

We would like to state that this new guidance had not been conveyed to the practice prior to today’s announcement.

COVID Booster Vaccination Programme – November update

Sonning Common Health Centre will be continue to run Booster Vaccination clinics during November.  These will all be administered using the Pfizer Vaccine.  Patients will need to wait on site for 15 minutes after the vaccine has been given.

Those eligible (6 months or more since the 2nd COVID dose) are being contacted to book an appointment as we release new dates.  The dates for COVID Clinics confirmed so far are on Wednesday 3rd November, 2 pm to 6 pm, Saturday 6th November 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday 6th November 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Wednesday 10th November, 2 pm to 6 pm and Wednesday 17th November, 2 pm to 6 pm .  Please wait to be contacted to book an appointment.

1st and 2nd dose COVID Vaccination appointments will continue to be offered in conjunction with the Booster Clinics.  We are sending out reminder invitations to this group to book an appointment.

Vaccination figures: 15918 patients from Sonning Common Health Centre have had a Covid-19 vaccination either directly from the practice or at a mass vaccination site.

1st Vaccination = 7521 – 91% of our Adult population

2nd Vaccination = 7217 – 87% of our Adult population

Booster Vaccination = 1180

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme soon to end at Sonning Common

HenleySonNet PCN  which consists of The Bell Surgery, The Hart Surgery, Nettlebed Surgery and Sonning Common Health Centre has officially given notice to withdraw from the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and this will  be effective from the end of November.  By that time as a PCN, we would have delivered more than 45,000 vaccinations and our own patient group at Sonning Common Health Centre make up close to 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.

We will continue to announce further Booster Clinics during October and November to invite eligible groups of patients where their 2nd COVID-19 vaccination was 6 months or more ago.

From December, those patients aged 50 and over, aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk from COVID-19 as well as frontline health and social workers can continue to book a Booster vaccine via the National Booking Service.

 

COVID Booster Vaccination Programme – October update

Sonning Common Health Centre will be running Booster Vaccination clinics during October and November.

Those eligible (6 months or more since the 2nd COVID dose) are being contacted to book an appointment as we release new dates.  The dates for COVID Clinics confirmed so far are on Wednesday 27th October, 2 pm to 6 pm, Wednesday 3rd November, 2 pm to 6 pm, Saturday 6th November 9 am to 1 pm and Saturday 6th November 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  Please wait to be contacted to book an appointment.

1st and 2nd dose COVID Vaccination appointments will continue to be offered in conjunction with the Booster Clinics.  We are sending out reminder invitations to this group to book an appointment.

All patients aged 16-17 years old are eligible to receive their first Covid-19 vaccination from Sonning Common Health Centre.  This will be with the Pfizer vaccine.  Please phone our Reception team to make an appointment. We have appointments available for a Pfizer Clinic on Wednesday 20th October.

In line with government recommendations we have brought forward second vaccinations for those in Cohort 10 (40 – 49 years),  Cohort 11 (30 – 39 years) and Cohort 12 (18 – 29 years) to 8 weeks rather than 11 to 12 weeks, where possible. We have sent out reminders to all those still due their second Covid vaccination with the option to book into an available clinic using our new online booking system. Alternatively, please phone our reception team to make an appointment for your second vaccination.

 

Vaccination figures: 15253 patients from Sonning Common Health Centre have had a Covid-19 vaccination either directly from the practice or at a mass vaccination site.

1st Vaccination = 7526 – 90% of our Adult population

2nd Vaccination = 7211 – 87% of our Adult population

Booster Vaccination = 516

Information leaflets to read before your vaccinations – please click the links below:

Pfizer vaccine: patients will need to wait on site for 15 minutes after the vaccine has been given. 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.

The Covid vaccination programme is now open to anyone 16 years and over. There are 2 vaccines being used locally in Oxfordshire: Astra Zeneca and Pfizer. The vaccines are allocated nationally and local centres do not have any influence over which vaccines they receive. Most people can have any vaccine but some people are offered certain vaccines. You should have the same vaccine for both doses unless you had serious side effects after your first dose. These are very rare reactions and if affected you will be informed that a different vaccine is necessary for your second dose. Minor side effects after having any of the vaccinations are common and not a cause for concern. These are usually mild and should not last longer than a week. They include a sore arm, feeling tired, a headache, feeling achy, feeling or being sick.

Covid Pass: an update for patients given Covid vaccines outside England: following several enquiries from patients who have received either one or both Covid vaccines outside of England, although we are entering this information on the patient’s clinical record, it is not visible on the NHS App.  Please find below current advice on this issue:

This is a very commonly reoccurring issue and is being worked on heavily behind the scenes.  However unfortunately, it is not currently possible to add details of vaccinations abroad into the NHS system.  The advice from National Vaccination Operations Centre (NVOC) is that they are working on a solution and will notify as and when the issue is resolved.

All that we can do for patients at the moment is provide a copy of the vaccination history if required, but we cannot guarantee that this will be satisfactory in all situations.

An update on the AZ batch issue: A Government spokesperson has said: “All Astra Zeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria  – no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and we’re confident travel will not be affected. All doses used in the UK have been subject to rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections, by the medicine’s regulator, the MHRA. The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU. Ensuring safe and open travel with our global partners is a clear priority and we are engaging the European Commission on certification.” (Added on 7th July 2021).

How to access your Covid vaccination status: demonstrating your Covid vaccination status allows you to show others that you’ve had a full course of the Covid vaccine when travelling abroad to some countries or territories. A full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine.  Covid vaccination status is available to people who live in England and are registered with a GP.  From Monday 17th May all of your vaccination details will be available from the NHS app or via the NHS website.  If you need a paper copy of your vaccination please call 119 who can issue this for you but allow 7 working days for it to reach you. Do not contact Sonning Common Health Centre about your Covid vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your Covid vaccination status.

Covid vaccination and blood clotting: there have been reports of an extremely rare but serious condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccination. For patients aged 39 years and under who don’t have underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid disease, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that it is preferable to be offered an alternative vaccine and not to give Oxford/AstraZeneca.  For those in this age group who have already had their first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and had no adverse reactions, they should come forward for their second vaccination when invited.  For more advice and questions concerning blood clots please click on this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting

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 complete the update my details form on our website homepage or email schc.covid@nhs.net.

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 schc.covid@nhs.net .

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.

Information on Long Covid: please click here for information.

 

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 highmoorvolunteers@gmail.com or call 07904 691093 (Elaine or Judi). Poster: Highmoor Volunteers flyer

Shiplake: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/165173087861216/about/  or contact Joanne Stone: 0118 940 6665, email covid-19@shiplakevillages.com or Kate Oldridge at kateaoldridge@gmail.com