Welcome to The Bell Surgery
Our Statement of Purpose is
"We aim to offer the highest standard of General Practice in all services and will continue to expand and develop the range of services and clinics we provide".
The Bell Surgery started in Bell Street in 1909. It has been in purpose-built premises with easy access for our disabled patients since 1992.
This website allows us to update and inform both existing and new patients about The Bell Surgery’s details and improvements as soon as they occur. We hope that you find it useful.
Please do not hesitate to ask a member of our team if you have any queries.
The Bell Surgery is fortunate to be situated next door to Townlands Community Hospital with the many facilities it provides, including a Minor Injuries Unit. Consultants from both Reading and Oxford, representing most specialities, hold regular outpatient clinics at the hospital. An Out of Hours centre run by a doctor, specialist nurse and paramedic is also based there.
Dr Henry Fay letter to patients:
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that I will be leaving The Bell Surgery.
Many of you will be aware that I have been on sick leave since August 2014 after developing viral meningitis. Unfortunately my recovery from this has been hampered firstly by a complication affecting my spinal cord, and more recently by a condition affecting my heart. Though neither of these conditions is life-threatening, I remain quite limited in terms of mobility and general wellbeing. In recent weeks, through advice from the consultants caring for me, it has become clear that I will not recover quickly enough to remain as a Partner at The Bell Surgery.
I am deeply grateful to all of you who have passed on messages of support and encouragement. I realise that the uncertainty around how long I would be off work has affected many of you individually, and I know the rest of the practice team have appreciated the patience and understanding shown by my patients. The Partners have now been able to appoint a full time replacement for me, Dr Waise Haider, who will be in post for a minimum of 6 months whilst plans for a permanent doctor are finalised.
It has been a great privilege to get to know many of you over the last four years and to be involved in your care. Despite the sometimes negative media coverage of general practice in recent times, I have absolutely loved my time at The Bell and will be extremely sad to leave.
We currently have a very high demand for appointments, which is putting huge pressure on our appointment system. If you are unable to keep an appointment please could you telephone (01491) 843250 and let us know. We have reviewed our appointment booking system to ensure there is a balance of urgent and routine appointments available to all our patients.
Patient Notice - Time Keeping
The clinicians make every effort to keep to time and apologise for those occasions when patients are kept waiting.
In order to assist us and in the interests of other patients we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment and if you are more than 10 minutes late, you may be asked to rebook.
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