Your GP practice

All GP practices work in very different ways nowadays to make sure ever gets the care they need from a suitably qualified healthcare professional, as quickly as possible. It is worth getting to know how things work in your practice before you need them, so you can get help for your medical problem quickly.

A GP practice is a team of health professionals, led by doctors known as general practitioners (GPs), who oversee all aspects of your physical and mental health care, throughout your life. You should contact them for medical advice and treatment for conditions you can’t treat yourself or aren’t getting better. 

Through your GP practice you can receive a wide range of services, which may include:

  • Consultations and advice about your health
  • Prescriptions for medicines
  • Tests to help diagnose what is wrong with you
  • A referral to a specialist service
  • Monitoring and care for any long term health problems.
  • Screening, vaccinations and advice to help prevent health problems or diagnosing them as early as possible.
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Minor ailments

If you are normally in good health, you don’t need to be seen by your GP practice for many minor ailments.

Registering with a GP practice

Discover how to find a local practice and what you need to do to register.

Appointment options

Practices offer appointments in several formats instead seeing someone face-to-face.

The practice team

Learn about who’s who in the practice team, both in the practice itself and in the local community.

Online services

Read about how signing up for online services can help you with routine requests of your practice and more.

Top tips for using GP practices

Practices can get very busy. Learn what you can do to get the right care as quickly as possible.

Information library

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