Germ Defence website
Scientists have developed a website with information on how you can protect yourself and your family from Covid 19. The website has scientifically proven advice to reduce Covid 19 infections. Please click this link to find out more: www.germdefence.org
PPG (Patient Participation Group) well being event
Sonning Common Health Centre's PPG is running a wellbeing event via Zoom on Wednesday 28th April at 7pm. The event will provide information on simple coping strategies and wellbeing. To register to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a link will be provided. Please click here for a copy of the event flyer: Wellbeing flyer
We would like to advise that Dr Aljoboori has decided to take a break from general practice and will be leaving Sonning Common Health Centre at the end of April. Dr Aljoboori's patients will move to Dr Abi Taylor as their registered GP from early May. Dr Taylor has been working at Sonning Common Health Centre since August 2020 and was a GP trainee at the surgery. Dr Taylor works at the health centre two days per week at present and will work here for two and a half days per week from May onwards. We wish Dr Aljoboori all the best in the future. Dr Aljoboori wants to spend more time with her family while carrying on with other roles separate to her Sonning Common role.
Covid Vaccine Update
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.
*Carers* - if you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, (whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill), please can you ensure we know so we can invite you for a COVID vaccine as part of Group 6. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of who you care for and what care given (if not receiving carer’s allowance).
** Clinical Condition list for Cohort 6 **
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- a liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis (who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments)
- have had an organ transplant
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological or muscle wasting condition
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- are severely mentally ill
New Practice Manager
We have a new Practice Manager at the health centre, John Lisiewicz. John joined on the 4th January. Andrea Tsoi, our former Practice Manager, is moving to a Deputy Practice Manager role as she is going to reduce her hours. Andrea and Sue Abbott will both be Deputy Practice Managers and will job share the role.
See our homepage for information: please do not visit a GP surgery if you have coronavirus symptoms. Visit NHS111 online at https://111.nhs.uk or call NHS111.
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.
From 1st June 2020 we will no longer accept cash for patient payments for prescriptions and non-NHS services. Please pay by credit/debit card instead.
Blood tests for children
Children up to the age of 11 will have to book a blood test with Kempton Day Bed Unit - they can no longer attend the Path Lab as walk-in patients.
Clinics are held for five to 11-year-olds at Kempton. Clinics run on Tuesdays, 9:00-12:00, and Fridays, 13:00-16:00.
For children under five, please contact Kempton Day Bed Unit for a date and time for the child to be seen. EMLA cream can be applied on the ward.
Telephone (booking): 0118 322 7512.
Information for our dispensing patients
In response to a NHS initiative to reduce waste and increase efficiency we are moving all dispensing patients to monthly repeat prescriptions. If you pay for your prescriptions this may involve having to pay more but you can purchase an annual Prescription Pre-payment certificate online which enables you to get as many prescriptions as needed for a year for a one off fee of £104. If you are on more than one medication this will save you money. This can be found at www.gov.uk/get-a-ppc or by calling 0300 330 1341.
If you get free NHS prescriptions this should not affect you. If you need more than one month's supply of medication you can request this. If you have any questions relating to this please speak to our dispensary team.
This dementia information booklet provides information on local organisations and groups for patients with dementia and their carers. Please click here to read it:
Demential Information Booklet.
Loneliness Help Information
Please click on this link for further information: Loneliness Help Information. Please note that a lot of these activities may not be running at present due to coronavirus.
Ear Wax Removal
We stopped ear syringing in March 2018 for all patients except those who the hospital's Ear, Nose & Throat department have requested it for or pre-referral to the Audiology (hearing) clinic. Please read this ear wax guidance note: Ear wax guidance.
Patients can contact the following clinics to arrange ear syringing privately. Please note clinics may not be running due to coronavirus.
The Hearing Clinic, 25 Hart Street, Henley, 01491 577555.
Leightons Opticians (branches in Reading, Woodley and Marlow). The Reading branch can be reached on 0118 959 0055 or visit www.leightons.co.uk.
The Forbury Clinic (the ENT consultancy), 23 Craven Road, Reading, 0118 921 3166 or www.theentconsultancy.co.uk.
Active Hearing, Spire Dunedin Hospital, Consulting Rooms, 13 Bath Road, Reading, RG1 6NS, 0800 612 9727 or www.active-hearing.com.
Eyesite Opticians, 142 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EX, 0118 950 9090 or https://www.eyesite.co.uk/reading/ (£85).
Tripp Hearing www.tripphearing.co.uk
Specsavers charge £55 for one or both ears. No wax, no charge. Not all branches have this service available.
Boots, the cost if £50 for both ears including checking overall ear and hearing health. Not all brances have this available.
If you would like a large print copy of our patient brochure please ask us, over the phone or by email, if possible. 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.
Please click here to see the list of private fees payable by patients.
Patients can access a free online chlamydia testing service at https://chlamydia.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk/
Shingles eligibility poster
Please click the above link to view a shingles eligibility poster - please check if you fall into the eligible age group(s) and contact us for an immunisation if you need one.
Please note that:
- People are not eligible for an immunisation if they are over 80 years of age.
- It is medically recommended not to have a shingles vaccine if you have had shingles in the last year.