If you have an illness or injury that just will not go away, make an appointment with your local GP. GPs look after the health of people in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems.They provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions.
What do they Offer?
Your local doctors’ surgery or GP practice provides a wide range of health services, including:
- advice on health problems
- health education such as advice on stopping smoking or diet
- examinations and treatment
- prescriptions for medicines
- referrals to other health services and social services
Doctors usually work with a team including nurses, health visitors and midwives, as well as a range of other health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. If doctors cannot deal with your problem themselves, they’ll usually refer you to a hospital for tests, treatment or to see a consultant with specialised knowledge.
Getting a GP Appointment
Most GP practices operate independently and have their own booking routines. If you need an appointment urgently during the day, most GP surgeries offer urgent same day/next day appointments, contact the practice you are registered with, either by booking an appointment online or by telephone. It is important to keep your appointment, or notify the surgery if you have to cancel or change it.
During the evening and weekends, call NHS 111 who will help decide who can help you best with health care advice and if necessary book you an urgent appointment with an out-of-hours GP.