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GP Surgery

Your local GP surgery provides a wide range of family health services that include advice on health concerns, how to prevent you becoming unwell, vaccinations, examinations and treatment, and prescriptions for medicines. They can also refer you to other health services.

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What is a GP surgery?

GP surgeries usually have a range of staff including practice nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, health care assistants and pharmacists. You don’t always have to see your GP, another member of the team may be able to see and treat you. The receptionist can help you make the right choice for you. Your GP surgery will work in partnership with community services, which provide health visitors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and district nurses. 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 practices offer urgent appointments, and some practices offer an evening and weekend service. Once you’ve made an appointment with your GP practice it is important to keep it, or notify the surgery if you have to cancel or change it.

In some practices you can book an appointment or get a repeat prescription on-line or you can have a consultation with your GP online. Simply fill in an online questionnaire and you’ll receive a response no later than the end of the next working day. Visit your GP practice website for more information.

Out of hours GP

The out of hours GP service is a separate facility where a team of GPs and nurse practitioners provide services outside of normal opening hours on weekdays, bank holidays and weekends. They offer help, advice and treatment if you have an urgent clinical need that cannot wait for your own GP practice to open.

Still not sure where to go?

More information on services the NHS provides if you need urgent or emergency medical help can be found on the NHS website.

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