If 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 appointments, and some practices offer an evening and weekend service.

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

Once you’ve made an appointment with your GP it is important to keep it, or notify the surgery if you have to cancel or change it.

What can I expect from my doctor?

Doctors can 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.

GP Out-of-hours services

If you require urgent but not emergency medical care when your GP surgery is closed you should telephone NHS111 who will direct you to the GP Out of Hours Service.