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Walk-in patients

Patients do not have to be registered to see a GP or nurse at Reading Walk-in Health Centre. We can help people with busy lifestyles that need access to flexible and convenient health services and may have difficulty accessing a convenient appointment at their registered practice.

At times of peak demand, the waiting list may be suspended in order to ensure patient safety. As a result, only emergency presentations will be added to the waiting list. Once the list size has been reduced to a safe level, the suspension will be lifted and patients can be booked in. This can mean that on our busiest days, the list may be suspended more than once during the day.

During times of list suspension, medical advice can be sought from local pharmacies, your own GP surgery, NHS 111 and in life threatening situations, A&E or 999.

No appointment is necessary.

The service is delivered by nurse practitioners and emergency care practitioners with GP support. You will only see a GP if there is a clinical need.

We can also help patients who may not be registered with a GP practice who might normally attend Accident and Emergency (A&E) for treatment which could be provided by a GP or nurse.

The following services are available to patients who are not registered at the Centre but would like to see a GP or nurse:

  • Alcohol and drug advice
  • Contraceptive services (must supply proof of recent use)
  • Dressings**
  • Health checks for people with learning difficulties
  • Immunisations and vaccinations* (only for looked after children)
  • IUCD – fitting* (if referred by your registered GP)
  • Minor injuries and minor illnesses

(*require pre-booked appointments)

**As of Monday 17th December 2018, 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 are 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.

Registering with or changing GPs

We are currently accepting patients onto our registered list. Please ask reception for more information.

Registered patients at Reading Walk-in Health Centre must be resident within the boundaries of Reading Borough Council and should live closest to the centre than any other GP practice.

Please inform us if you change your address, name or contact number as not updating us could lead to de-registration. 

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Named GP

All patients are assigned one named GP who is accountable for their care. For more information or to find your named GP, please contact reception.