Covid-19 Surge Testing in Reading and new Discretionary Isolation Support Payments

With the wide spread of the extra transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19 certain areas of Reading are asked to take part in "SURGE TESTING". Every resident in the postcode areas RG1 3**, RG1 5**, RG1 6**, RG1 7** is asked to attend one of several centres to take a PCR test for Covid-19 (if they have no symptoms) or order a test for home use (applicable whether or not one has symptoms). This should take place over 2 weeks starting from Monday 7th June.

BOB CCGs meet in public on Thu 10 June 2021

Berkshire West CCG Governing Body, together with the governing bodies of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire CCGs will meet in public (we believe) on Thursday, 10 June at 1.30pm. - 3.30

See this page for the meeting link.

Although the 3 CCGs in the BOB Integrated Care System have not merged, they have a common Accountable Officer in Dr James Kent, and have agreed to hold their governing body meetings together.

Help Shape MSK services for Arthritis, Rheumatism, Back Pain etc

Berkshire West CCG has been revising the pathways for patients with Musculoskeletal conditions over the past several years, with the new approach recently having been introduced for people with knee problems, as the changes move forward.

People who have musculoskeletal conditions are being invited to take part in upcoming online events to help shape future NHS services.

The feedback sessions will be held on Tuesday 22 June 2021, 4pm-6pm and Thursday 24 June 2021, 10am-12pm.

Comment on CCG proposal for Unified Adult Hearing Services

Berkshire West CCG has proposed to re-organise NHS hearing services for all adults in a new unified pathway.

A consultation meeting was held on 20th May 2021.

You can see the slide presentation from the event .

There is a chance to comment on the proposals up to 4th June 2021 by email to .

Project "Oldies Online Too" Completes

Over the pandemic year South Reading Patient Voice has been able to complete a project gaining understanding of older people's views and problems relating to digital access to GP surgeries.

The project was funded by a small grant under the Berkshire Community Foundation community grants scheme, administered by Reading Voluntary Action. This also gave us a lot of support and encouragement from Reading Voluntary Action. We would like to express our thanks to both organisations.

CCG public meeting on Adult Hearing Services - 2.30pm Thu 20 May 2021

People using local NHS adult hearing services are being urged to join a special engagement event to discuss plans aimed at improving the services in Berkshire West.


Health service commissioners are holding the virtual event on Thursday 20 May from 2.30-4pm to look at current services offered in local hospitals and high street outlets. This includes adult hearing (hearing tests and assessments) and the supply and fitting of NHS hearing aids as well as a review of the information, advice, follow up appointments and after care offered to patients.


BOB CCGs to hold 4 meetings-in-common in 2021/22

The 3 CCGs of the BOB area have agree to hold meetings-in-common for 2021/22 as they prepare for their dissolution and the legalisation of BOB Integrated Care System subject to enabling legislation as announced in the recent Queen's speech.

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