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GPs

doctors

Your local general practitioners' (GP) surgery provides a wide range of family health services, including:

  • Advice on health problems
  • Vaccinations
  • Examinations and treatment
  • Prescriptions for medicines
  • Referrals to other health services and social services.

Your GP should be your first port of call for any non-emergency problems which could be physical, psychological or a combination of both.

Why should I register with a GP?

GPs and practice staff can help keep you well or will see you quickly if you are unwell. A GP can also refer you to specialist and community health services if you need them.

How do I register with a GP?

To be able to visit a GP you need to be on the patient list of a GP practice. This is called registering. Everyone has the right to be registered with a GP.

To find a GP to register with, search for 'GP' and enter your postcode in our search function. [ED – link to search page] You can then visit your local GP practice and complete a registration form. You will need to provide your name, address, date of birth and (if known) your NHS number. Once this process is completed, your medical notes will be sent to your new practice.

When can I see my GP?

Phone your local GP practice or check the NHS Choices website for details about opening hours. If you need to see a GP urgently and your practice is closed, call NHS 111.

Do I have to pay?

Most GP services are free. However you may have to pay for non-essential services such as travel vaccinations or reports for insurance companies. Patients do pay for prescriptions, unless they are eligible for support or exemption.

What do I do when my GP practice is closed?

When your GP surgery is closed, and you are too ill to wait until it re-opens, you should contact NHS 111.