We are a friendly, caring practice with a strong sense of teamwork and innovation. We want you, the patient, to feel that you are important to us.
While we inevitably spend much of our time dealing with illness, we lay great stress on prevention and on improving your health. We aim to help to develop a healthy community and have fostered the development of easily accessible exercise schemes such as Health Walks, HealthCycling and the Green Gym.
The Health Centre was opened in 1970 and has grown since. Located in a semi-rural area, we look after a population of approximately 8800 patients within a six-mile radius extending into the northern suburbs of Reading and west of Henley-on-Thames. We dispense medicines to about a third of our patients (eligible because they live more than a mile from the local pharmacy 'as the crow flies').
We would like to apologise for the recent message that you may have received in error regarding Dovobet and emollients. Please ignore the message if it isn't relevant to you. This was an IT mistake and we apologise for any confusion or concern this has caused. The health centre use text messaging to inform patients about important information that is specifically for them and designed to help in their care, for example appointment reminders. We are reviewing our processes to ensure that only relevant information is sent to patients in the future.
Prescription Update - Dovobet and Emollients
We are examining our prescribing of creams to improve care and follow the Oxfordshire formulary. All creams are available to purchase over the counter if people wish to continue using the ones they are using, although some of the changes are to improve safety.
Please read either or both of the letters below, which explains the matter in more detail.
Dovobet patient information letter
Emollient patient information letter
Please note: if you are already a dispensing patient and collection prescriptions from
the health centre you do not have to nominate a pharmacy on Patient Access.
Apologies for any inconvenience. There have been problems with Patient Access since it
re-launched in late May.
Dr Kim On
Please follow this link to see the news about Dr Ellen's patients moving to Dr Kim On and other GPs.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
From the 25th May a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect.
How we use your information
For guidance on how we use your information please read our Privacy Notice or read the poster on the noticeboard in our foyer.
There is currently no screening programme for prostate cancer in the UK. This is because it has not been proved that the benefits would outweigh the risks.
Instead of national screening programmes, there is an informed choice programme called prostate cancer risk management for healthy men aged 50 or over who ask their GP about PSA testing. It aims to give men good information on the pros and cons of a PSA test.
This only applies to men without urinary symptoms, and if you've had any changes or worries about how you pass water please see your GP.
If you're a man aged 50 or over and decide to have your PSA levels tested after talking to your GP or reading about the pros and cons, we will be able to arrange for it to be carried out for free on the NHS.
If you are thinking about asking for a PSA test, and the below information doesn't answer your questions, it is important that you first discuss whether it is right for you with your GP so you understand what the results might mean.
For further information please see: Prostate cancer PSA testing - NHS UK
Please click the icon to the right for further information sheetsProstate information sheets
PPG - Patient Participation Group - News and Events
The PPG Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tuesday 11th September at 7.00pm at the health centre. Dr Nick Smith will provide an introductory talk. AGM September 2018 poster
Matters of Memory
- Thank you to everyone involved in our 'Matters of Memory' day on Friday 13th July. It was a very successful event.
To the bottom of the screen is our Extended GP Access information. Please click the link below for future dates. They are on some Wednesday and Friday evenings and some Saturday and Sunday mornings.
(Site updated 17/08/2018)