Reception and enquiries

Common Illness Room

Common Illness Room

Let’s see what we can do…

Get immediate help with minor illnesses and injuries:

Pharmacists can also advise on minor illnesses and injuries:

Alternatively you can visit another Minor Injury Unit:

Reading Walk-In Health Centre
1st Floor
103 Broad Street Mall
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 7QA
Tel: 0118 902 8300
8am – 8pm every day
readingwalkinhealthcentre.nhs.uk
The Royal Berkshire Hospital
Pathology
South Block
London Road
Reading
RG1 5AN
0118 322 7751
Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:15 (excl bank holidays)
royalberkshirenhs.uk

If you wish to get advice or see a Nurse or Doctor, please visit our Consulting Room.
You can also ask a pharmacist a question.

Consulting room

Consulting room

How can we help you?

For forms, sick note requests, medicals, test results and certificates please visit Reception.

For health reviews, including Smoking cessation, Epilepsy and other reviews please visit our Health Review Clinic.

Visit a Minor Injuries Unit for minor burns, cuts, sports injuries, bites and bruises, minor dislocations etc.

Visit a Minor Injuries Unit

  • No appointment necessary
  • Quick access to medical help
  • Open till late and at weekends
Speak to someone now – Call NHS 111.

Call 111

Call 111 at any time, 24 hours a day. You will speak to NHS professional staff who will help guide you on any medical issue.
Calls are free from landlines and mobiles. 111
Get fast help from a local pharmacy for various conditions such as minor cuts, sprains, aches, colds, headaches, rashes, cystitis etc.

Visit a Pharmacist

  • No appointment necessary
  • Many pharmacists have a confidential area
  • Open till late and at weekends
See a Nurse about various conditions such as vaccinations, sexual health, contraception, blood pressure, etc.

Contact a Nurse

Book an appointment on the phone0118 966 9333
Get medical advice and treatment from a Doctor.

Contact a Doctor

Book an appointment on the phone0118 966 9333

COVID-19 Support Room

COVID-19 Support Room

If you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it visit NHS 111 online coronavirus service for advice.

Please also visit the Coronavirus section within our Advice and Help Zone, for further advice and information.

 

Mental Health Matters

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit NHS Every Mind Matters for advice, practice advice and support groups.

If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it’s important to get support.

Get urgent support now.

 

Keeping Active

To stay fit and healthy whilst at home, try the NHS Home workout videos.

Advice for patients with pre-existing conditions

Advice for Vulnerable Patients

Advice and help zone

Advice and help zone

Let’s see what we can do…

NHS Health Checks
One You Campaign - Mobile App
End of Life and Bereavement

Useful Local Contacts

Supporting and caring for family members or friends as they near the end of their life can be a stressful and often overwhelming time for many. We have pulled together resources and links to organisations and charities who specialise in helping people during this time, and for those grieving the loss of someone.

Registrar of Births and Deaths
Email: registrars@wokingham.gov.uk

Lovegroves Dignity Funerals
Email: cyrilhlovegrove.tilehurst@dignityfunerals.co.uk

Miles and daughters
Email: milesanddaughters.winnersh@funeralpartners.co.uk

AB Walkers
Email: info@abwalker.co.uk

Co-op Early
Email: earley@letsco-operate.com

Richard Lloyd Woodley
Email: richardlloyd@funeralpartners.co.uk

Bereavement Advice

There are many practical issues to manage when someone dies.

Call: 0800 634 9494.

Find out more.

Cancer

Cancer Help & Advice

For information about cancer types, symptoms and coping after treatment, follow the link below.

Find out more

Macmillan Cancer Information Centre

This centre is based at The Royal Berkshire Hospital and offers support and information to anyone who has concerns about cancer, their relatives, friends and carers. No appointment is necessary, you can just drop in.

Find out more

 

Prostate Cancer

Should I have a PSA test? Information for well men considering a PSA test can be found on the NHS UK website.

Find out more

Carers

Wokingham Outreach Carers Service

Access to information, emotional support, financial support, advocacy and opportunities to take a break can help manage the impact of caring on the lives of carers.

Find out more

Register a Carer

It is important that we know if you are a carer so that we can make sure you receive information, services and the help that is available.

Complete our online form

Live-in care for a guaranteed peace of mind

Abilive-in offers a 24 hour rapid response care delivery service in the area with both long term and short term arrangements available. Both respite care to cover carer breaks or holidays and long term live-in care that is tailored to individuals are available.

Find out more

Child Health

Babies and Child Health Advice

This leaflet from the Safeguarding Children Partnership covers all sort of helpful information for parents like how to calm a crying baby, keeping your child safe at home and safer sleeping advice.

Find out more

CAMHS – NHS's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

This site is full of helpful resources for young people, carers and professionals to help them manage mental health and well-being issues.

Find out more

Child and Family Health during Coronavirus

Guidance on what to do when your family member is unwell during this pandemic.

Find out more

ARC Information and Counselling Service

ARC Information and Counselling Service is a free and confidential counselling service supporting children, young people and adults when they are struggling to cope with a life changing situation or emotional problem.

For an ARC-funded set of counselling sessions located at Brookside Group Practice, please contact the ARC office on office@arcweb.org

Find out more

Blood Tests

Children under 16-years-old, and those with special needs, can be seen at The Royal Berkshire Hospital Kempton Day Bed Unit (Level 3 Centre Block) and the Children’s Clinic (Level 1 South Block). Neither offer a walk-in service so appointments will need to be made in advance.

Children’s blood tests are also available at The West Berkshire Community Hospital in Thatcham or the Royal Berkshire Bracknell Healthspace which also offers a walk-in service.

Children aged over 12 can also attend the walk-in clinic held at Chalfont Surgery most Wednesday mornings, 7-10:30am, or you can book an appointment with one of our nurses. The blood test form must have been issued in advance by a doctor.

We recommend that children up to the age of 16 use EMLA cream, applied to both arms before their blood test. This can be purchase over the counter at most chemists.

Find out more

Berkshire Child Health app

Get tips on how to manage common ailments, such as coughs, sore throats and teething and advice on when and where to seek help from a healthcare professional.

Download for Apple

Download for Android

Find out more

Chicken Pox

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point.

Find out more

Children and Young people with additional needs

Children and young people with special needs and disabilities are now able to access a range of help and support available locally.

The following links provide more information and support.

Wokingham – Find out more

Reading – Find out more

West Berkshire – Find out more

 

Fever in Children

A fever is a high temperature. As a general rule, in children, a temperature of over 37.5C (99.5F) is a fever.

Find out more

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that can affect young children.

Find out more

Headlice

Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. They’re particularly common in children.

Find out more

Health Visitors

NHS Berkshire works with parents and carers offering professional support and advice about the health and development of young children.

Find out more

New Baby Guide

Being a new parent can be a daunting time and you are bound to have lots of questions. There is lots of useful information and resources available that cover everything from soothing a crying baby to feeding advice.

Visit the Start for Life website: www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby

Contact your Health Visitors: cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk

Find out more

Find out more (Breastfeeding Advice)

Middle Ear Infection

This information will help you understand what to expect from acute otitis media (ear infection) and what to do if you become concerned.

Find out more here

NHS Vaccination Schedule

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Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Slapped cheek syndrome is a viral infection that’s most common in children, It usually causes a bright red rash to develop on the cheeks.

Find out more

Further information

From warts and measles to chickenpox and tonsillitis, find out how to recognise some of the most common childhood conditions

Find out more

Berkshire Health - Children and Young People Services

Please see the following organisations who provide mental health services to children and young people:

AnDY Clinic – Find out more

Time 2 Talk – Find out more

No5 – Find out more

Integrated Therapies – Find out more

Community Support

Refer to Health & Wellbeing Advisor

If you have already discussed this with one of our clinical team, please submit your referral form here.

Contact The Elderly

Do you know any older people in Wokingham who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation? There is a group of wonderful, committed volunteers in Wokingham who, once a month on a Sunday afternoon, arrange for volunteer drivers to take their older guests to a volunteer host’s home where they join a small group for tea, talk and companionship.

Call: 0800 716543

Find out more

Thames Water Priority Services For Vulnerable Patients

Thames Water offer help and assistance to vulnerable customers during a water supply interruption. Not sure if you qualify as vulnerable customer?

Find out more

Community Navigators

Community Navigators are local volunteers who help people find their way to activities, services or organisations which they would enjoy, find useful or benefit from within the local community. The service is for any age within the Wokingham Borough and people can access the service through a referral – either from a GP, social worker, family member or a self-referral

Call: 01344 304404

Please see the self-referral form here.

Find out more

Wokingham Community Services

Here you’ll find helpful information and resources for those needing advice about care and support for adults in their local community.

Find out more

Wokingham Borough Council – Council Tax Advice

Wokingham Borough Council and Citizens Advice are working together to provide support and financial advice for those who are struggling to meet their financial obligations.

If you feel you could benefit from some help and advice, contact admin@citizensadvicewokingham.org.uk

Continence Service

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

If you have problems with bladder or bowl control, we can provide you with a variety of specialist continence treatments and advice.

Download our leaflet

Find out more

Coronavirus

Government letter to high risk patients

The Government has sent a letter to all high risk patients identified throughout the country with specific advice and information. Please view the letter below:

Government letter to high risk patients

To view the letter in other languages, please visit the NHS website.

Coping During Lockdown

Some useful guides to help children, young people and their families:

Instructions for Attending Covid-19 Hub

If you have a booked appointment at the Reading Covid-19 Hub, please see below to view instructions for your attendance:

Instructions for attending Covid-19 Hub

Wokingham Borough Hub Referral

The Council is working with local charities to provide a community response for those who don’t have support, essential food or household supplies and need advice or practical help. This is not an alternative to the NHS or Social Services, instead it is the Citizen’s Advice Bureau who are coordinating these services.

Find out more 

Telephone: 0300 330 1189 or 0118 978 7258

Email: admin@citizensadvicewokingham.org.uk

Community Navigators

Community Navigators are local volunteers who help people find their way to activities, services or organisations which they would enjoy, find useful or benefit from within the local community. The service is for any age within the Wokingham Borough and people can access the service through a referral – either from a GP, social worker, family member or a self-referral.

Call: 01344 304404

Please see the self-referral form here.

Find out more

Berkshire Women's Aid

This charity which offers many services to women who have suffered from domestic abuse. If you are struggling and need to get in contact with someone they have a helpline and other services available.

Telephone: 0118 950 4003

Find out more

Stress and Anxiety Self Help Leaflets

Recognising whether or not you may be suffering from symptoms of stress or anxiety, understanding what they are, what can cause them and how to overcome them can be difficult. These resources cover all these questions and more, plus offer other help and advice that may be available.

Find out more

Child and Family Health during Coronavirus

Guidance on what to do when your family member is unwell during this pandemic:

Find out more

Family health support during Lockdown:

Find out more

Easy Read Coronavirus Information For Those With Learning Difficulties

BGP Patient Newsletter

The latest information from the practice about the Covid-19 pandemic and staff news. Please view the newsletter below:

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Coronavirus Recovery Advice Pack

Information on how to manage your symptoms at home while recovering from Coronavirus.

Find out more

Returning to Work

Advice and information for those who are concerned about returning to work during Coronavirus.

Find out more.

Helping children and young people manage their mental health

Guidance on helping children and young people cope with the stressful changes occurring during this pandemic. Including information on what you can put in place to help support them.

Find out more.

Advice on Coronavirus and childhood injuries/illnesses

Guidance on what to do if you child is ill or injured and who you should contact.

Find out more.

Managing breathlessness at home

A step by step guide to help you manage breathlessness symptoms while at home.

Find out more.

Cancer Advice

This downloadable document covers a set of frequently asked questions about the virus and its impact on cancer patients.

Find out more

Guidance For Vulnerable People (incl children)

Guidance on shielding & protecting people (incl children) defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Guidance for vulnerable people (incl children)

Help with Finances and Rights

The pandemic is set to fundamentally change the way we live our lives. It can be an anxious time for many and our financial wellbeing is a key concern. Here’s a guide about how the Coronavirus could affect your finances.

Find out more

Link Befriending Scheme

Link are a local charity who are able to support and advise people over the phone. Not only will they be a friendly voice but they will also act as a signposting service – referring people to agencies who can help, such as foodbanks, help with prescription collections and many other matters that people may struggle with. Link will accept phone calls from anybody who is feeling isolated, whether or not they are currently registered with Link.

Call: 0118 979 8019

Find out more

Mind - For Better Mental Health

Mind are experts in mental wellbeing and have some great advice about how to manage yourself well during this crisis, including those having to work from home.

Find out more

Active at Home

Never has there been a more important time to look after our mental and physical wellbeing. Remaining or becoming physically active is vital and doing so helps support our mental resilience as well as our physical health. Get Berkshire Active have created an online resource to make it easier for people to access lots of useful content to keep them active.

Find out more

Symptom Checker

Check if you have symptoms before you take any action. Please protect others by NOT visiting a pharmacy, GP practice or hospital.

Find out more

Exercise for Everyone

The NHS Fitness Studio has a wide range of gym-free workouts suitable for people with different levels of mobility. Including low impact plans for strength, flexibility and balance, sitting exercises and Pilates videos for MS, arthritis, scoliosis, knee problems and back pain. Find out more.

For those in a wheelchair – WheelPower have some Adaptive Yoga classes available online. Find out more.

Diabetes

Diabetes Advice

Living with Diabetes is difficult. There are so many factors to consider and this can be stressful, but you shouldn’t need to put your life on hold.

Find out more

For non-medical support and advice you can call the Diabetes help line

Call: 07736 833 978

Talking Therapies also offer support specifically for diabetics through their online programme called Silver Cloud.

Find out more

Start your journey to a healthier you

Find out more

Diabetes Eat4Health

Offers advice and support for prediabetics and how to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Find out more

 

Dietary Supplements

Vitamin B12 Patient Information

In line with up-to-date guidance on Vitamin B12 supplementation from the British Society of Haematology and endorsed by West Berkshire CCG we are changing all our suitable patients over from Vitamin B12 injections to supplements taken by mouth.

Find out more

Dementia

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more

There is also a free guide for people caring for and supporting those with dementia.

Find out more

How to apply for a blue badge for a person with dementia:

Find out more

Dementia Friendly Swimming

If you’re living with dementia, or care for someone who does, why not try one of the new Dementia Friendly swimming sessions at South Reading Leisure Centre?

Find out more

Dementia Friends

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. There are training opportunities available online or in a face-to-face Information Session for those wanting to learn more.

Find out more

Dementia Care Advisory Service

This is an excellent local service providing advice, support and social activities all year long for people diagnosed with dementia, their carers, families and friends.

Call: 01189 495 101

Find out more

 

Reading Well schemes to improve health

This scheme uses reading to help people who suffer from conditions such as dementia. ‘Forget Me Not’ boxes contain items from social history to help trigger memories and spark discussions.

Find out more.

Search Dog Heroes Scent Kit

Some people are at risk of going missing and could be more likely to come to harm whilst away from home. Capturing and storing their scent using a scent kit provides peace of mind, and means a search can be launched quickly should the worst happen and they go missing.

Find out more

Younger People with Dementia

Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire) charity was set up in 2012 to assist in filling this gap in provision for those with young onset dementia and their family and carers. Our aim is to provide meaningful respite that works with current provision over the working week.

Find out more

Dental Issues

Toothache

Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that’s usually caused by tooth decay.

Find out more

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other with the aim of solving their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. If you need help with a drinking problem either phone the free national helpline or contact them via email.

Call: 0800 9177 650

Find out more

Al-Anon

Support for family members of people affected by alcohol addiction, they hold local meetings.

Find out more

Breaking Free from Substance Use

Breaking Free Online provide comprehensive treatment and recovery support based on robust behavioural science which has been developed in the UK by clinical psychologists. It is personalised to each individual service user and accessible online 24/7 on any device.

Find out more

Drinkaware

We are an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. We’re here to help people make better choices about drinking. Get in touch to see how we can help you or someone you care about today.

Find out more

Drinkline

If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence.

Call: 0300 123 1110

Drink Spiking and Date Rape Drugs

Every year in the UK, hundreds of people are thought to be victims of drink spiking, where alcohol or drugs are added to someone’s drink without them knowing. Please review the NHS guide for more information.

Find out more

One You Drinks Tracker - Mobile App

Drinking a bit too much can sneak up on you. Our free drinks tracker app makes it easy to keep an eye on the booze and take control with daily tips and feedback.

Download on the Apple App Store

Download on the Android App Store

SMART

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service based in the centre of Wokingham.

Find out more

Talk to Frank

If you have a problem with drugs Talk to Frank for friendly, confidential drugs advice.

Call: 0300 123 6600

Find out more

Further information

For more information about the benefits of drinking less, top tips and more visit the link below.

Find out more

Alternatively, for more information on how drug misuse can be harmful to your health visit the NHS website.

Find out more

Enhanced Recovery Programme

Enhanced Recovery Programme

Enhanced Recovery Programme Following Surgery (Royal Berkshire Hospital)

The Enhanced Recovery Programme has been in place since 2010 and aims to return patients to normal fitness as quickly as possible after the following surgery:

  • Primary Hip or Knee replacement
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Cystectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Prostatectomy

The programme involves active patient preparation for surgery and participation in post operative recovery; until now, information has been given to patients at the time that they attend clinic and there is also an information leaflet available for information and awareness prior to coming in.

Find out more

Flu Vaccine

Book your Flu jab

You must check that you are eligible for a flu vaccine before completing the form. It is very important that you book the correct clinic for your age as there are different vaccines this year for under 65s and over 65s.

Find out more

Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss

As people get older, hearing loss becomes a lot more common. Hearing loss can lead to difficulties with communication and social isolation. It increases the risk of developing dementia and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Action Hearing Loss know that support and helpful information is really important tool for helping people to feel confident in understanding and supporting hearing loss.

Find out more

Maternity

Health Visitors - Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

For general enquiries such as infant feeding support, weaning, behaviour, toilet training and sleeping please call the Health Visitor duty line.

Call: 0118 9312 111 option 1, or evenings 4:30-8pm call: 07771 344 503

Email: HVWBRDGDuty@berkshire.nhs.uk

Find out more

Advice for new parents

Help and advice on how to cope with a crying baby.

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BabyCentre

Get advice, up-to-date information and parent-to-parent support.

Find out more

Free Postnatal Care Course

A new free four-week postnatal course covering sleep, baby massage taster, minor ailments, the importance of play and much more takes place at  Wokingham Borough Children’s Centre

It is suitable for babies aged eight to 16 weeks and is open to Wokingham Borough residents only.

Find out more

BPAS – British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Offers support when considering termination of pregnancy.

Call: 03457 304 030

Find out more

Mum & Baby App

New Mum & Baby app has launched which provides a personalised guide for pregnancy, birth and beyond. The Mum & Baby app provides women with information about their local maternity units, essential information on being pregnant, giving birth and looking after their baby. The app will also have a feature where women can access personalised plans for their care during their pregnancy, birth and beyond.

The app is available for download now, just search for ‘mum & baby’ in the App store and Google Play.

NCT

First 1000 days new parent support. Get accurate, impartial information so that you can decide what’s best for your family.

Visit the website

Planning your Pregnancy

If you’re planning on getting pregnant, you can improve your chances of conceiving and having a successful pregnancy.

Find out more

Reading Lifeline

Offers counselling and support for those affected by infertility or baby loss during pregnancy or soon after birth.

Call: 0118 9596 669

Find out more

Further information

Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it here:

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

ARC Information and Counselling Service

ARC Information and Counselling Service is a free and confidential counselling service supporting children, young people and adults when they are struggling to cope with a life changing situation or emotional problem.

For an ARC-funded set of counselling sessions located at Brookside Group Practice, please contact the ARC office on office@arcweb.org

Find out more

CAMHS – NHS's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

This site is full of helpful resources for young people, carers and professionals to help them manage mental health and well-being issues.

Find out more

Berkshire Women's Aid

This charity which offers many services to women who have suffered from domestic abuse. If you are struggling and need to get in contact with someone they have a helpline and other services available.

Telephone: 0118 950 4003

Find out more

Living Life To The Full

Free online courses covering low mood and stress and all of the common linked problems this causes. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Try one of the below sample sessions now.

Find out more

MindEd for Families

This service supports parents and those caring for children, young people or older people, who are worried about their mental health and wellbeing. It offers safe and reliable advice and offers hope to those who are affected by or living with those suffering with depression.

Find out more

Mental Health Support Self Help Leaflets

The NHS have produced a whole range of helpful resources for people who suffer from mental and emotional health issues including anger, anxiety, bereavement, low mood, obsessions and compulsions and post natal depression, plus more.

Find out more

Loddon Counselling & Psychology Service

Counselling offers an opportunity to explore and make sense of your thoughts and feelings in a space that is non threatening and non judgemental.

Find out more

Mental Health Crisis Service

The team will try to prevent you being admitted to a mental health ward by providing you with intensive support if you have a mental health crisis in your own home.

Find out more

Mind

Information and Support for all mental health issues.

Call: 0300 123 3393

Find out more

Stop it Now!

Stop It Now are an organisation helping prevent child sexual abuse. Are you worried about a child, concerned about the behaviour of another adult or your own thoughts and behaviours?

Find out more

MoodGYM

Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.

Find out more

Reading Lifeline

Offers counselling and support for those affected by infertility or baby loss during pregnancy or soon after birth.

Call: 0118 9596 669

Find out more

Rethink

Help, information and support for all those affected by mental illness.

Find out more

Samaritans

If something is troubling you, call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Call: 116 123

Find out more

Self-Harm - A Guide For Parents & Carers

A guide has been developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and is aimed at helping them cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person and what help is available.

Find out more

South Central Veterans Service

We offer help and support to all former members of all ranks of the British Armed Forces who have received one day’s pay in one or more of the following:

• Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force
• Volunteer Reserve Forces, including Royal Navy Reserves, Royal Marine Reserves, Army Reserves and Royal Air Force Reserves

Find out more

Stay Alive App

This app is a suicide prevention resource for those that are at risk and for those worried about someone.

Find out more

Talking Therapies

Support for those coping with depression, stress, anxiety or phobias.

They are here to help adults aged 17+ living in Berkshire and we have a team of advisors and therapists who c an help you to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better.

To Self-refer:

Call: 0300 365 2000

or

Complete a Self Referral Form

Find out more…

Together for Mental Wellbeing – Berkshire West Your Way

Your Way works alongside individuals as they overcome obstacles and move forward with their life. This might include managing mental health, having peer support, entering education, returning to work, finding new hobbies & social activities or solving housing or financial issues – all to help people build resources that help them stay well, their way.

Find out more

Trust House Reading

Offers specialist one to one counselling for people affected by rape, childhood sexual abuse and all forms of sexual violence.

Call: 0118 9584 033

Find out more

Further information

For more information about mental health, ways to cope with it and more visit the links below

One You – Feeling Stressed?

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Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Please see the following organisations who provide mental health services to children and young people:

AnDY Clinic – Find out more

Time 2 Talk – Find out more

No5 – Find out more

Physiotherapy

Berkshire Healthcare

If you’re suffering with physical problems caused by an illness, accident or ageing, there are lots of useful leaflets available to download.

If a problem is not resolving after 6 weeks of self-directed exercises like these, your GP may consider that NHS physiotherapy is appropriate and may refer you. If you have private medical cover you can self refer after discussion with your health provider at any stage.

Find out more

3 Way Healthcare

Although 3 Way Healthcare is a local private practice, they are also able to provide NHS treatments. They are one of the preferred providers of MSK (Musculo Skeletal) Physiotherapy for Brookside Group Practice and other practices in the area.

Find out more

Self Help Leaflets

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Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening

When diagnosed at the earliest stage, more than 9 in 10 people will survive bowel cancer for more than 5 years and screening is an effective way to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, before symptoms show.

The introduction of the NEW FIT screening in 2019 for 60-74 year olds is a key step forward. It’s easier and it’s more accurate than the test that preceded it.

The test is intended for people without any signs or symptoms suggestive of bowel cancer therefore capturing cancer at its earliest stages.

Find out more

Cervical Screening

Cervical screening reduces the number of deaths from cervical cancer by finding potentially harmful cells before they become cancerous, ensuring women get the right treatment as soon as possible. It is not a test for cancer, it is a test to help prevent cancer.

All women and people with a cervix aged between 25-64 should be invited by letter for a screening.

Find out more

Easy Guide to Cervical Screening

This information leaflet aims to help make sure cervical screening is equally accessible to women who have a learning disability or who struggle with written English.

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Prostate Cancer

Should I have a PSA test? Information for well men considering a PSA test can be found on the NHS UK website.

Find out more

Mammograms

Women aged 50-70 will be offered breast screening every 3 years, women aged over 70 can request one directly (they do not need to have symptoms).

In our area women may be offered a screening from aged 47-73 as part of an extended age roll-out.

Call: 0118 322 8282

NHS Breast Screening Programme Incident

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE) have become aware of an issue with the NHS Breast Screening Programme, which has led to some women not being invited for their final screen between their 68th and 71st birthday.

Any women who have missed their final screen, who are aged 70-79 on 1 April 2018 will be written to. You will be invited for a catch-up breast screen and do not need to do anything now. Invitations to women who are registered with a GP practice in England will be sent by the end of May 2018, and all women affected who wish to have a breast screen will receive an appointment to take place before the end of October 2018.

Call: 0800 169 2692

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Self Care

Self Care Leaflet

Get immediate help with minor illnesses and injuries.

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The Self Care Toolkit

The NHS has created a self-care toolkit for those living with persistent health conditions. This self-management toolkit is a simple information booklet that provides some handy tips and skills to support people along the way to managing their health and conditions.

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Self Care Forum Fact Sheets

The Self Care Forum Fact Sheets for common ailments aim to help clinicians and patients discuss issues around self care within the practice consultation and especially how to handle the symptoms in the future.

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Sexual Health

Brook

Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services for nearly 250,000 young people UK-wide, each year.

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Florey and Contraceptive Clinic

These clinics provide information and confidential care and support for all aspects of sexual health. They offer the full range of sexual health services including testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and contraception. They also provide ongoing care and treatment for people living with HIV. They offer a walk in service so no booking is necessary.

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Family Planning Association

They are a sexual health charity. They give straightforward information and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.

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Safe Sex Berkshire

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Sexual Health Help Line

The Family Planning Association Sexual health help line can give you confidential information and advice.

Call: 0845 122 8690

Victims of Sexual Assault

Solace Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) provide local communities with a safe, discreet and caring environment to support victims of rape and sexual assault.

SARCs are free and accessible to any person needing their services and who live within the Thames Valley area.

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Further information

For more information about Sexual Health topics including a contraception guide visit

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Sleep

Sleeping Problems

Sleeping problems can be very distressing, but are very common. This resource can help you understand your sleep problem and to learn some simple ways to sleep better.

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Sleepio

This is an evidence-based online sleep improvement programme suitable for adults with difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night, despite adequate opportunity to sleep.

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Stop Smoking

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Choose from an app, Quit Kit, email, SMS and face-to-face guidance.

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NHS Smokefree - Mobile App

The Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation. If you stay smokefree for the 4-week programme you’re up to five times more likely to stay quit for good.

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Stop Smoking

We offer Stop smoking appointments with our in-house Smoking cessation advisor. Ideally you will need to commit to a course of 6 once-a-week appointments and we will try to book them at the time that suits you.

Call: 0118 966 9333

Further information

For more information about the benefits of stopping smoking, top tips and more visit

NHS Choices – Stop Smoking

One You – Thinking of quitting?

Stress and Anxiety

Berkshire Women's Aid

This charity which offers many services to women who have suffered from domestic abuse. If you are struggling and need to get in contact with someone they have a helpline and other services available.

Telephone: 0118 950 4003

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Stress and Anxiety Self Help Leaflets

Recognising whether or not you may be suffering from symptoms of stress or anxiety, understanding what they are, what can cause them and how to overcome them can be difficult. These resources cover all these questions and more, plus offer other help and advice that may be available.

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Wokingham Borough Council – Council Tax Advice

Wokingham Borough Council and Citizens Advice are working together to provide support and financial advice for those who are struggling to meet their financial obligations.

If you feel you could benefit from some help and advice, contact admin@citizensadvicewokingham.org.uk

Teenagers

CAMHS – NHS's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

This site is full of helpful resources for young people, carers and professionals to help them manage mental health and well-being issues.

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ARC Information and Counselling Service

ARC Information and Counselling Service is a free and confidential counselling service supporting children, young people and adults when they are struggling to cope with a life changing situation or emotional problem.

For an ARC-funded set of counselling sessions located at Brookside Group Practice, please contact the ARC office on office@arcweb.org

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Children and Young People’s Integrated Therapies

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Children and Young people with additional needs

Children and young people with special needs and disabilities are now able to access a range of help and support available locally.

The following links provide more information and support.

Wokingham – Find out more

Reading – Find out more

West Berkshire – Find out more

Chlamydia Screening Programme

What is chlamydia? How do you get it? W40hy is it a big deal? What are the symptoms? What if I’m pregnant? What is the Chlamydia screen?

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If you feel you want confidential advice locally visit www.safesexberkshire.nhs.uk

Men ACWY vaccine

Teenagers and “fresher” students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly.

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Mermaids

If you are a young person that feels at odds with their birth gender, or you are a parent with a child who feels this way, Mermaids can help.

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Self-Harm - A Guide For Parents & Carers

A guide has been developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and is aimed at helping them cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person and what help is available.

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Time To Talk

Time To Talk Reading is a free confidential counselling service available to all young people in Reading aged 13-19, up to 25 years for young people with additional needs.

Call: 0118 903 5151

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Useful Sites for Teenagers

Eating well: www.teenweightwise.com

HPV (Anti-Cervical Cancer Vaccine for girls): www.nhs.uk

Drugs advice: www.talktofrank.com

Bullying: www.bullying.co.uk

Contraception: www.tht.org.uk

Please also see below two useful Mental Health Resources for teenagers:

no5.org.uk

research.reading.ac.uk/andy

Weight Management and Exercise

Free Health Walks

If you prefer being outdoors, why not take part in one of the many free health walks that are held throughout Berkshire?

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Am I a Healthy Weight

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Eat 4 Health

If you feel your weight is an issue and you are unsure what to do about it, the Eat 4 Health team can offer a Free 10-week self-referral weight management programme to support you in achieving your weight loss.

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Get started on the nhs 12 Week Weight Loss Plan

The plan is designed to help you lose weight and keep it off.

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One You Couch to 5K - Mobile App

The Couch to 5K app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers, download the app and follow the step-by-step instructions.

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One You Easy Meals - Mobile App

The free Easy Meals app is a great way to eat foods that are healthier for you. You’ll find delicious, easy meal ideas to help get you going if you’re ever short of inspiration.

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Slimming World

You’ll find delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.

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Want to get more active

Get help and advice from NHS Choices including 10 Minute workouts, 12 week fitness plan, running & cycling for beginners and much more.

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Weight Watchers

Meetings, Online or a little bit of both. We’ve got options and support, whatever your lifestyle.

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Further information

For more information about the benefits of losing weight, top tips and more visit

NHS Choices – Weight Loss

One You – How healthy is your food?

One You – How much have you moved today?

Reading’s Health & Wellbeing Leaflet

Further information

For more information about the benefits of exercise, quick workouts and more visit

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Health Review Clinic

Health Review Clinic

Here we can help you monitor your condition

Prescriptions and medicines centre

Prescriptions and medicines centre

How can we help you?

The simplest way to order your prescriptions is by registering for Patient Online Access which enables you to manage your medication and appointments, plus access your medical records. Alternatively you can use our Repeat Prescriptions Request form. All of our patients must be set up with a local pharmacy so that their prescriptions are sent electronically.

Local Pharmacies

Administration office