GPs have more contact with patients than any other service in the NHS. GPs have access to your medical records so they can see all your health needs.
When you see your GP they can:
- Provide advice on physical and mental health problems
- Provide diagnosis and treatment for a range of conditions
- Help you with long-term care
- Arrange referrals to hospital specialists, community-based services, or other GPs when necessary
You will find that many additional services, previously provided only in hospital, can now be delivered by a GP, which means you don’t need to go to hospital for care such as blood tests, wound care, and some diabetes treatments.
Need to see a GP or nurse in the evening or at the weekend?
Evening and weekend GP appointments are available to book near you. Residents can access GP and practice nurse appointments from 6.30-8pm (6-9pm in Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, Queen’s Park and Paddington), Monday to Friday and from 8am-8pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
You can access these extended appointments by calling your GP or calling NHS 111 when your GP is closed.
Registering with a GP
It is very important to be registered with a GP. Make sure you are registered with a GP so that you can make an appointment in future if you need to. Being registered with a GP also means you can get referred to specialist hospital and community treatment if you need it.
For more information on how to register, please visit www.nhs.uk