GP practices

Your GP practice is the main point of contact for general NHS healthcare. GPs are highly skilled doctors who support patients throughout their lives.

Your GP surgery provides a wide range of family health services, including:

  • advice on health problems
  • referrals to other health services and social services if necessary
  • examinations and treatment
  • vaccinations
  • prescriptions for medicines

Find your nearest GP practice via the NHS England website.


Here are some tips on making the most out of a visit to a GP practice:

  1. Listen to the advice of the health navigator and answer their questions. Take the appointment with the healthcare professional they suggest.
  2. Arrive for your appointment in plenty of time but be prepared for a short wait.
  3. If you have multiple issues to discuss, think about booking a double appointment.
  4. Make notes of your symptoms, things you’ve already tried, how long you’ve had them and any questions you have before you go and take them with you.
  5. Remember to stick to the thing you went in for. Get that sorted first.
  6. If you don’t understand anything, ask for it to be explained.

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