Your local GP surgery provides a wide range of family health services

Your local 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

If you want to see a doctor, you'll usually need to make an appointment. Most GP surgeries operate independently and have their own booking routines. Your surgery should be able to offer you an appointment to see a GP or other healthcare professional quickly if necessary. However, if it is more convenient, you should also be able to book appointments in advance.

Doctors spend an average of 8-10 minutes with each patient. Once you've got an appointment, plan ahead to make sure that you cover everything you want to discuss.

GP services are available 24 hours a day. Outside normal surgery hours, you can still phone the GP surgery, but you'll usually be directed to the out-of-hours service

Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) for medical advice over the telephone or go online -

Click on the link below for more information.

NHS Choices: GP appointments NHS Choices: how to register with a GP NHS Choices: find your closest GP practice

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