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Practice Newsletter 

Welcome to  our new Practice Newsletter. We would welcome any ideas or contributions for future editions. Copies are available to download via the link below (copies are also available from reception).

Named GP

Please be advised that in keeping with good practice/professional guidelines all patients do have a named GP. If you are not sure who that Doctor is and would like to know then please ask a member of our reception team who will be happy to provide their name.

Patients at Emmer Green Surgery are still able to see any GP they choose to, having a named GP does not restrict this.

Friends and Family Test

Let us know what you think of the care you have received by taking our Friends and Family test, it will only take a few minutes. Please click on the 'Friends and Family Test' link to the right. 

Emmer Green Surgery is part of North and West Reading CCG, to find out more please visit

Please note that the Emmer Green Surgery email address to use for contacting the practice is

For ordering repeat prescriptions online you can either use the ordering facility on this website or you can email directly to is a forthcoming extract of patient data commissioned by NHS England.  The intention of the scheme is to make increased use of the information in medical records in order to improve the quality of care for patients.  The service is one of the first initiatives to use the powers of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA), which allows the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), in certain circumstances, to extract confidential data from GP practices without seeking patient consent.

The BMA supports the use of data for appropriate secondary uses but also recognises the importance of confidentiality. The priority in negotiations has been of information governance safeguards and allowing patients to maintain control of the data held in their medical records. The BMA therefore negotiated the right for patients to be able to object to the disclosure of their confidential information from the GP practice.

Practices have received an email from HSCIC including GP guidance and FAQs and patient information materials. We have been advised to undertake patient awareness raising activities, such as displaying the poster, making the leaflet available and providing information on the practice website. These activities will help ensure that patients are aware of the scheme and their right to object.

Practices have been reassured that we will not be solely responsible for making patients aware of and we will be informed before any extractions take place. NHS England has been working with the Information Commissioner so that there is clarity about what GPs have to do in order to meet the fair processing component of the DPA. It has also been confirmed that data will not be extracted until the awareness raising activities have taken place.

For further information please visit the NHS England webiste:

Bowel Cancer Screening

For those patients over 60 who have received an NHS Bowel Cancer Screening kit we would urge you to complete the instructions given and send off your samples for analysis to the address provided in the kit.

Chances are everything is fine but its really important to check things out periodically for your general health and wellbeing and in the small number of cases where a problem is detected then early diagnosis is essential to get the appropriate treatment underway as soon as possible.

Minor Injuries

Ring Emmer Green Surgery with minor injuries, don't wait at A&E.

We did a survey for over 3 months of the number of children at the surgery who were taken to A&E in preference to contacting us during surgery opening hours.

Over this 3 month period; 31 children from our practice attended A&E and looking at the treatments given suggests that only 13 of them needed hospital intervention. 18 of these children (over half) could have been managed quickly by our Nurse or Nurse Practitioner having required dressings and reassurance.

13 of the children attending A&E went directly from school. Of the 18 children taken to A&E by their parents, 10 needed hospital intervention showing that as a practice our parents are generally using A&E wisely.

If your child has a minor injury, cut or burn or if you are unsure whether they need A&E or not please ring the surgery for advice first and hopefully you can avoid the long wait at A&E.

Please help our clinics run on time...

Most of our GP appointments are booked at 10 minute intervals. Please discuss your most important concern first and be prepared to return for another appointment at a later date for any other issues that cannot be addressed within the 10 minutes.

Asking the Doctor to overrun your appointment time has a knock on effect of delays to all subsequent appointments. 20 minute appointments may be requested if you expect a standard 10 minute appointment to be too short, however, double appointments are not offered routinely as we strive to offer as many appointments as possible to meet increasing demands.

Opening Hours

Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more

Repeat Prescriptions

Do you need to re-order your medication? Visit our prescriptions page and complete the online form. Find out more

Like To Register?

New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more


From 08:00 - 18:30 we have a dedicated emergency line Tel: 0118 948 6925 which will be answered as a priority by the reception team. This number is to be used strictly in the case of medical emergencies only where the doctor is needed immediately.


We have a large car park, easy access for the elderly and disabled, and a large waiting room with a children’s play area and baby changing facilities. There is a separate entrance at the far end of the building (complete with outside buggy park) for access to the health visitors and the baby clinic.



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