NHS Treatments

NHS Treatments

The surgery offers a comprehensive range of NHS health care.

Baby clinic

The Health Visiting team runs a weekly baby clinic on a Wednesday afternoon from 2pm-4pm for weighing and general development checks.  There is no need to book, just turn up within the agreed times and you will be seen on a first come first served basis by one of the health visiting team.

Blood tests

By appointment with the Practice Nurse or at Shelley Road Clinic, available only by GP or Practice Nurse referral.

Carers register

Please register if you are a carer for another person.  We offer carers support, advice and care.  Carers can request an assessment form Social Services. The Practice Carer’s Lead is Maxine Masding, Practice Nurse.

Cervical screening

The practice follows the recommended guidelines from the National Cervical Screening Programme.  Cervical Screening should be undertaken from the age of 25 with three yearly checks between the ages of 25-49.  Then every 5 years between the ages of 50-64.  Cervical smears can be done during surgery hours, usually by the practice nurse.  When you book the appointment, please tell the receptionist that it is for a cervical smear so that enough time can be allocated.  If you are unsure when you are due a cervical smear, please check with your doctor or practice nurse.

Child Health Checks

Child Health Checks are undertaken by the Health Visiting team at appropriate timescales.  These checks include – A primary birth visit at 10-14 days.  8 month check, 2 year check and a Pre-school check.  Appointments for these child health checks are arranged by the Health Visiting Team.  Child development checks are offered at  agreed by national guidelines and any problems are followed up.

Childhood immunisations

Appointments for childhood immunisations are arranged by the health visiting team or the surgery and administered by the practice nurses, again these are administered at intervals agreed by national guidelines. 

Counselling service

We have counsellors available at the surgery who can offer help where appropriate.  Ask your doctor if you feel you could benefit from this service.

Diabetic eye screening (coming soon)

Diabetic eye screening is now soon to be available, it is important as it helps to prevent sight loss. As someone with diabetes, your eyes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy. Screening can detect the condition early before you notice any changes to your vision. Ask your doctor if you feel you could benefit from this service.

Drug detoxification

A community drug detoxification service is available.  Please consult with your doctor.  

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception is available up to 3 days after you have been at risk.  Please inform reception that you require an urgent same day appointment with either the practice nurse or doctor.

Family planning

The doctor is happy to provide contraceptive advice during normal appointment times.  Coils and implants are fitted by special appointment; please mention this to the doctor or receptionist when requesting the appointment.  Please ask to speak in confidence and this can be arranged. 

Friends of the surgery

If you would like to become a friend of Providence Practice, please enquire at reception.  Friends of Providence Surgery meet to provide assistance to fund equipment not funded by the NHS.  If you are able to help us in anyway, we would be pleased to speak with you with a view to discussing our needs.   A donation to our charity, no matter how small in terms of cash, equipment for the new extended premises or vouchers would be very much appreciated.  Friends of Providence Surgery are registered with the Charity Commission (Registered Charity Number 1112919).

Flu clinic

Flu clinics are set up by the surgery in the Autumn free of charge.  Those particularly at risk include the elderly and those with chronic problems such as asthma, and diabetes according to the national guidelines.  Flu clinics are widely advertised around the surgery.  Appointments are with the practice nurses.

INR clinic

This is a new service to Providence Surgery.  If you are on Warfarin treatment and attend the hospital for a blood test on a regular basis, the surgery can provide this service to you in-house.  Please consult with your doctor who will refer you to our new in-house service.


Antenatal and early postnatal care by appointment with the midwife on a Wednesday afternoon or a doctor. 

Minor Surgery

Please consult with your doctor for this service.  Surgeries are held for removal of skin lesions and joint injections.

Palliative care

The palliative care service is provided by the District Nursing Team in partnership with their colleagues from the specialist services.  Please speak with your doctor for this service.


If you feel you would benefit from physiotherapy treatment, please consult with one of the doctors who would be happy to refer you on to the hospital.

Pneumonia vaccinations

Undertaken during the autumn free of charge.  Those particularly at risk include the elderly and those with chronic problems such as asthma and diabetes.  Please book an appointment with the practice nurse.

Repeat prescribing service

If you, or someone you care for, use the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from repeat dispensing from the pharmacist or online. This means you won’t have to visit the surgery or make an appointment to see the Doctor or Practice Nurse every time you need more medicine. To discuss this service, please enquire at reception.

Disease clinic

For the Spirometry / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes or Asthma clinics, please book with the Practice Nurse for this service.

Vaccinations and immunisations

All vaccinations and immunisations are given by the practice nurses. 

Vulnerable patients

A register of vulnerable patients is maintained at the practice and a process has been implemented to ensure that these patients are monitored and cared for.  If you or anyone you care for is vulnerable or at risk, be it temporarily or permanently, please let us know.


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