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
- 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:
- Listen to the advice of the health navigator and answer their questions. Take the appointment with the healthcare professional they suggest.
- Arrive for your appointment in plenty of time but be prepared for a short wait.
- If you have multiple issues to discuss, think about booking a double appointment.
- 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.
- Remember to stick to the thing you went in for. Get that sorted first.
- If you don’t understand anything, ask for it to be explained.