Your local GP practice provides a wide range of health services, including medical advice, vaccinations, examinations and treatment, prescriptions for medicines, referrals to other health services and social services.
There are a range of professionals who can look after you. You may be offered an appointment with one of the new roles in general practice such as an advanced nurse practitioner, physiotherapist, or clinical pharmacist rather than a GP.
This appointment may take place face-to-face in your practice, on the telephone, via video call, or sometimes in another local community setting.
Before you make an appointment to see your GP, think about what other services might be able to help.
- go to a pharmacy for advice and treatment for minor conditions.
- go to your local minor injury unit or urgent care centre for treatment of strains, sprains and flesh wounds.
- call NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk if you have an urgent medical problem, but you’re not sure what to do.
- visit a sexual health service for testing for sexually transmitted infections and contraception advice.
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