We would like to say a huge thank you to all the patients who donated towards Dr Ruth Lambert and Steph Malone who ran the London Marathon on Sunday 23 April. They completed the marathon in 4 hours 31 minutes and have raised an amazing £7,200 for the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Dr Ruth Lambert and Medical Secretary Steph Malone are planning on running the London Marathon this year. Please consider contributing to fundraising for the Anthony Nolan Trust via this link
Also Jackie Winterbourne, many of you will remember as our nurse previously from our Diabetic Clinic, is doing a sponsored Parachute Jump
“As you all know I am definitely not a risk taker or thrill seeker… I even hate roller-coasters, but am going to be jumping out of a plane with my Daughter, Emma, and some of our friends and family! We are raising funds for the PICU at Southampton Hospital that cared for my Grandson. Please follow the link to read the full story and donate. We would be so grateful for any donations however small.”
Sarah Carter is a highly qualified physiotherapist who has joined us to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans for a full range of muscular and joint problems. She can be booked via reception for single assessment appointments. (She doesn’t provide treatment but can refer on for this)
Why not take the NHS Health Quiz
We are very pleased to be able to announce the formal launch of Connected Care. This is a Berkshire-wide implementation (with Dr Tim Walter as Clinical Lead for the project) of a national program enabling all your care organisations to see your records with your permission.
This is being launched this month (November 2016) and will enable your GP records to be seen in other locations such as Royal Berks Hospital etc. As time goes on the range of sites will increase, and in return we (GPs) will be able to see and read the hospital data and eventually information from social care services.
A dedicated website called shareyourcareberkshire goes into much more detail.
We offer the following appointments
Routine appointments for up to six weeks in advance released daily . These can be booked in person, by telephone 01635 279972 or online. Our telephone lines are usually busy early morning dealing with urgent requests for medical attention, so please call after 10.00am .
Please be aware appointments are for one problem and last for ten minutes.
On the day appointments for urgent medical problems . These requests will be triaged by the duty doctor so please be prepared to give a brief description of your symptoms to the medical receptionist together with a contact number on which you will be available. You will then receive a call from the duty doctor.
This summarises how to decide
Please click here for an appointments leaflet
We are pleased to announce our 2016 flu clinics are now open.
Please book as soon as you can to avoid the rush.
You can book your flu appointment either by calling us on 01635 279972 or via our online booking system .
The target groups are those over 65yrs old, those of any age with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, asthma etc as well as carers. We are happy to offer immunisation to anyone else so long as supplies allow, but hope you will understand it is most important to protect the most vulnerable.
We will be offering FLUENZ to eligible children and young people . We will be writing to this group individually. If you are under 17 and prefer the injection form, or if you have a pregnant or immuno-compromised household member, please let us know specifically.
As part of our our desire to help you look after your health we are pioneering a new approach to help inform people about the risks of surgery and benefits of improving your health before having an operation.
Look here for details at www.preop.org.uk
There are clear benefits to addressing factors such as smoking , alcohol, weight etc as well as blood pressure and diabetes control when it comes to having an operation and the best time to do this as soon as possible. Each of these factors increase your risk including infection, length of hospital stay, and many other complications. The website explains this and provides information about how to achieve this aim.
If your doctor here refers you to a surgeon then although not everyone will have surgery it is a moment to think about your health. We are now (from June 2016) sending letters out to patients being referred telling them what the details are about their health that they might wish to consider. If you have been referred before then, go to the website and look at it anyway.
I have been shown a useful looking app that give sensible UK based, validated, advice for many common conditions including when to self manage yourself, and when to seek help. This has been endorsed by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence)
From 18th April 2016 some appointments for two weeks ahead will be available. Either by calling us or online via patient on-line booking service.
All remaining appointments will be available on the day whilst we transition over to our new system which starts from 3rd May 2016.
From 3rd May 2016
We will be offering
- Pre – bookable routine appointments 2 weeks in advance.
- Pre – bookable routine appointments 1 day in advance.
- Requests for urgent on the day medical appointments and home visits will be triaged by the Triage Doctor so please be prepared to give a brief description of your symptoms and your contact telephone number to a member of the reception team.
- You will then receive a call from the Triage Doctor that day .
Please ask for an appointments leaflet at reception.
West Berkshire Council have confirmed that the West Berkshire bus pass will no longer be valid for use on the surgery ReadiBus from 1st May 2016. So I am afraid that passengers will need to pay fares themselves from 1st May 2016. The bus pass can still be used on ReadiBus until 30th April. The current fare is £2.50 per journey each way.