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Covid Vaccine update


W/c 15th and 22nd February: for at least the next two weeks we will be giving the Pfizer vaccine to SCHC patients in group 6 at the Bell Surgery in Henley. Group 6 is 16 to 65 year olds who are in an at risk group. Please scroll down for information on the clinical conditions in group 6. We are sorry for any confusion caused last week regarding Covid vaccines for the 65 to 69 age group (group 5). We were initially advised that we could immunise this group and some patients will have been vaccinated last week but we were then told that this cohort should attend Mass Vaccination sites and would receive invitations nationally. We have been instructed to move to group 6. Guidance and information regarding vaccine delivery changes frequently and we appreciate your patience while we do our best to immunise as many patients as we can.  

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 to update any details in writing.


As of 14/2/21 we believe we have invited and vaccinated all patients aged 70 years + and those who have shielded. If you are in one of these groups and have not received your vaccine please contact the surgery. 2105 of our patients (21% of our patient population) have been vaccinated so far.


Patients aged 65 to 69 years (group 5): are being invited by the National Booking Service to make an appointment through them at one of the Mass Vaccination Centres. Vaccination centres that we are aware of are in Marlow, Oxford (Kassam Stadium) and High Wycombe. They will contact you directly. 

Patients aged 16 to 65 years in an at risk group: We have now been asked to concentrate on vaccinating 16-65 year old patients in an at-risk group (Cohort 6). Please see the clinical conditions list below and click here for more detail on specific conditions: Cohort 6 16 to 65 yrs clinical risk groups.   We will invite you to make your appointment. Please contact us if you need to update your contact details.


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 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)
  • diabetes
  • dementia
  • 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

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:/ for all other enquiries.

Please be aware and vigilant about fake Covid vaccination invites that are being sent by scammers. This BBC website link provides more information:  - do not click on any links on emails if you are unsure about the email.

Please be aware of fake phone calls too - fraudsters are calling patients, stating that they are from their health centre and asking specific questions about their Covid vaccination and requesting credit card details. The telephone number is outside the Sonning Common area - please be vigilant.  

Covid 19 vaccinations: We are currently booking appointments for some patients in cohort 6 at the Bell surgery in Henley.

Please note that the second vaccination will hopefully be within 12 weeks. Patients will receive a separate invite for a second vaccination when we have more information about the vaccine delivery and timings.

This vaccine will be the Pfizer vaccine. Patients do need to wait for 15 minutes on site after the vaccine has been given. 

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

For more information about the Covid 19 vaccination please visit:

For more information on priority groups please click here: Covid-19-vaccination-first-phase-priority-groups

Frontline healthcare and frontline social care workers: the guidance has recently changed. If you are in this group and haven't received a Covid vaccination please email to arrange a vaccination. If you have any queries please email - please allow a few days for a reply as our teams at the health centre are really busy.

We are making good progress with Covid vaccinations for the high priority groups. Our progress is dependent upon the delivery of the vaccines and our team has no control over the vaccine delivery. Please wait to hear from us with an 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.  


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 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 to get a Covid test or visit NHS 111 Online at

Facebook page

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.


Flu jabs for 50 to 64 year olds: we have completed our scheduled flu clinics for 50 to 64 year olds. Please call our Reception team on 0118 972 2745 to make an appointment.

-Please remember to wear a face mask when you attend the health centre for a future appointment.

-Please click this link: flu letter 50 to 64 yrs to read a letter about the flu vaccination for this age range.

-Further information is available at:



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:

Flu jabs: If you think you are eligible for a flu jab and have not received a letter from us please contact our Reception team. Patients need to contact the health centre to make an appointment for a flu jab.

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 or call 07904 691093 (Elaine or Judi). Poster: Highmoor Volunteers flyer

Shiplake: Facebook:

Contact Joanne Stone: 0118 940 6665, email or Kate Oldridge at


Telephone 0118 972 3986, email or visit

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

Bereavement support

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


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: Healthy Activities booklet


Sonning Common Health Centre's 50th anniversary event: will take place in summer 2021

If you or someone you know worked at the Health Centre please let us know your contact details. You can email Sue Abbott at 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:

Accessible information

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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