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CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FOR PATIENTS

Advice for travellers from Wuhan

If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city.

 If you develop symptoms

If you develop a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing, you should continue to follow the advice above. Please do not leave your home until you been given advice by a clinician.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

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Please note from 01/09/2019 we will be no longer be accepting faxes. Please email us at bwccg.readingwalkinhealthcentre@nhs.net.

Extended Hours, Open for Longer

As from 01 October 2018, patients will be able to access appointments during evenings and weekends, Mon -Thu 0800-2000, Fri 0800-1830 and Sat 0800-1600. To book an appointment contact your Practice.

General Practice

Our centre gives you additional choice and greater access to healthcare in Reading offering a full general practice for registered patients. The general practice offers pre-bookable appointments to its registered patients.

We offer online services to registered patients which allows you to request services such as repeat prescriptions or appointments at a time that is convenient for you.

Walk-in Centre

Our walk-in centre offers treatment, information and advice for a range of minor illnesses and injuries. Anyone can use our walk-in service, you do not need to be a GP registered patient.

There are no pre-bookable appointments on the walk-in service, simply book in at reception. Please be aware that some patients are called out of turn, depending on clinical need.

Please note we do dressings between 10.00 – 18.00.

The walk-in centre will only repeat the following types of medication (with evidence):

  • Contraception
  • Diabetic Medications
  • Blood Pressure Medications
  • Warfarin
  • Asthma Medications
  • Epilepsy Medication

If you are attending for the administration of injectable medication you will require a letter signed by a clinician giving us the authority to do so.

Over the counter medications no longer available on prescription

As from the 31st May 2018 medicines which are readily available to buy from local pharmacies, shops or supermarkets for children or adults will NO longer be available on prescription. Please see the Prescriptions page for more information.

Patients attending the walk-in centre for dressing changes are advised to attend between 10am and 6pm. Please be aware that not all wounds require daily dressings. The Reading Walk-In Health Centre is unable to perform compression dressings due to their specialised nature; therefore you will need to book an appointment with your own GP surgery to see the practice nurse or discuss alternative arrangements e.g. the district nursing service.

Electronic Prescription Service
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is a NHS service that allows us to send your prescription(s) directly to your chosen pharmacy. This paper-free prescription service means that you do not have to come into the surgery to collect your prescription.
We encourage all patients to register for this free service, which can be arranged directly with the pharmacy when collecting your medication. Alternatively, you can ask at reception.

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Opening times

Our centre is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday (including bank holidays). Waiting times vary on a day to day basis. The last routine walk-in patient will be booked on at 7:45pm however the list can occasionally close earlier due to high demand / emergencies. Please note we may not be able to facilitate all types of dressing at peak times due to high demand / end of day.

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Get in touch

t: 0118 902 8300
Click here for our full contact details

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Out of hours

If you need urgent medical care when the centre is closed, you should telephone NHS 111.

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