GPs look after the health of people in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, offer advice on smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical operations.
GPs usually work in practices as part of a team, which includes nurses, healthcare assistants, practice managers, receptionists and other staff. Practices also work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as health visitors, midwives, and social services.
GP out of hours
If you need to get access to a GP out of surgery hours you should firstly call your GP practice who will be able to provide you with the contact number for their out of hours service.
You can call the NHS 111 Service if:
In a life-threatening emergency, call 999.
How to register with a GP
You can register with a GP practice of your choice, as long as you live within its catchment area and it is accepting new patients.