Practice Clinics & Services

To make an appointment for any of the clinics and services below, please contact our reception staff.


Adult Vaccinations

Adults in Britain who have not received three doses of tetanus vaccine and two boosters should have a course of injections. Adults who did not receive polio vaccine as a child should have a course now. The practice nurses will be pleased to advise you, further information can be found on our immunisations page.

Asthma / Bronchitis / COPD, Diabetes, Heart, Stroke & Hypertension Clinics

If you have any of the above (or have ever had a heart attack/stroke) and have not already had a yearly check, please ask for an appointment with a practice nurse or nurse practitioner.

Child Health Services and Immunisations

We provide all childhood vaccinations at the surgery. As they protect your child against serious diseases, they should be started at the age of two months. For more information, ask a doctor or nurse. Child development checks are carried out at six weeks of age by the doctor and later checks by the health visitor.

Cervical Screening (Smear Tests)

This test detects treatable changes at the neck of the womb (cervix) at an early stage to reduce the possibility of cancer developing. One test is currently recommended every three years between the ages of 25 & 49 and every five years between the ages of 50 & 64. The best time to make a nurse's appointment is mid-cycle (about two weeks after the start of the monthly period).

Contraceptive Services

We offer the full range of contraceptive services including contraceptive pills, patches, implants, injections, hormone-free and mirena coils and diaphragm fitting.

Free condoms are available from community clinics.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception can be used up to five days after unprotected intercourse, but works best the sooner it is used.

Emergency contraceptive pills are available:

Some coils can also be fitted for emergency contraception.

Flu Clinics

Each autumn, patients at risk are invited to attend for influenza and pneumonia vaccines to protect them (e.g. people over 65; those with asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease; after spleen removal; after organ transplant; on chemotherapy/steroid therapy) and carers.

For further information please see our Influenza Health Guide.

Maternity Care

Our Community Midwives hold clinics (by appointment). We do not offer a home delivery service.

Minor Surgery

Please book a doctor’s appointment to discuss your needs e.g.

  • Joint injections
  • Ingrowing toenails
  • Coil fittings
  • Excision of surface lumps/moles etc.
  • Nasal cautery

NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks are now available to patients aged between 40 and 74 who are not already being treated for a medical condition.

The check is to assess a person's risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes.

The check lasts about 30 minutes and assesses:

  • height
  • weight 
  • blood pressure
  • family  history
  • kidney function
  • blood cholesterol and glucose (using a simple finger prick test) 

Invitations will be sent out to eligible patients. If you have not yet received an invite and would like to come in for a health check, please telephone to make an appointment.

Before attending, please collect a urine sample bottle, so that you can bring a specimen of your urine to the check.

Practice Nursing Services

Our Practice Nurse offers the following services:

  • Advice on healthy living
  • Annual checks for ongoing illness e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart disease, smoking-related lung disease/COPD
  • Cervical screening (Smear Tests)
  • Childhood immunisations
  • Doppler tests
  • Dressings e.g. leg ulcers, minor wounds etc
  • Ear syringing
  • ECG investigations
  • Family planning including long-acting reversible contraception
  • Flu vaccination
  • Removal of sutures
  • Smoking cessation clinics
  • Travel vaccination clinics
  • Yellow Fever centre

Private Non-NHS Work

Medical Examinations (Non-NHS)

Certain services provided by the Doctors are not covered by the NHS and fees are payable for such items as:

  • Private sickness certificates
  • Private prescriptions for travel purposes
  • Passport or driving licence application endorsements
  • Fitness to drive certificates
  • Seatbelt exemption examinations
  • HGV/PSV driver examinations
  • Sports fitness examinations
  • Insurance certificates
  • Holiday cancellation certificates
  • Copies of medical records
  • Interpretation of medical records

Please ask the receptionist for such services. Charges are payable at the time of attendance, and the BMA recommended scale of fees is on display at the reception desk. For further information please see Why do GP’s charge?

A current list of fees can be downloaded here.

Medical Certificates

Self-certificates are available from your employer for sickness of up to one week. Any certificate required from the Doctor for periods up to the first week can only be provided as a private certificate for which there is a charge.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the www.gov.uk website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the www.gov.uk website (where this information was sourced)

Travel Vaccines and Advice

When travelling outside Europe you may need a variety of medicines & vaccinations. Three months before travel is the best time to start, but some protection may still be possible just a few days before travel. Avonside Health Centre is registered for Yellow Fever Vaccine administration. See our Travel Vaccinations page for further information.

Well Person Health Checks

Health checks and advice on healthy living are available from the practice nurses. You can do more for your own health than we can do for you! Taking moderate exercise, stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding illicit drugs and excessive alcohol will make you less likely to need medical help in the future. New patients are invited to attend for routine health checks.