take-strainIf you have an illness or injury that just will not go away, make an appointment with your local GP. They provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions. GPs offer urgent next-day appointments, and have an evening and weekend service that includes home visits.

What do they offer?

Your local doctors’ surgery or GP practice 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 your condition is non-urgent, you can expect to see a doctor within two working days or a health professional such as a nurse within one working day. If you don’t need an appointment within two working days, you can also book in advance if this is more convenient for you.

It is important to keep your appointment, or notify the surgery if you have to cancel or change it.

Getting a GP appointment

If you need an appointment urgently during the day, GP surgeries offer urgent same day appointments, contact the practice you are registered with, either by booking an appointment online or by telephone.

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.

To find information on your nearest GP surgery, visit the NHS Choices website and enter your postcode.

If you have recently moved to the area, consider registering with a GP practice near you. Contact your chosen practice for help registering.

Find a GP surgery on your phone

choosewellappDownload OCCG’s Choose Well app to your smart phone to find the GP surgery closest to where you are in Oxfordshire using satellite mapping technology. Visit the app store to download the app for Android or iOS operating systems.  See or

What can I expect from my doctor?

Doctors (who are also called general practitioners or GPs) look after the health of people in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems. They also give health education and advice on things like smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical operations.

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.


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