- Advice on health problems
- 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.