Your local general practitioners' (GP) surgery provides a wide range of family health services, including:
- advice on health problems
- examinations and treatment
- prescriptions for medicines
- referrals to other health services and social services
Your surgery should be able to offer you an appointment to see a GP or other healthcare professional quickly if necessary. However, if it is more convenient, you should also be able to book appointments in advance.
It is important to keep your appointment, or notify the surgery if you have to cancel or change it.
Many practices have both male and female GPs. If your faith, religion or culture requires that you or a member of your family are treated by a GP of the same sex, please let the GP receptionist know this when you first go to register.
Most surgeries and health centres are accessible by wheelchair, have doors that open electronically and have toilet facilities designed to meet the needs of disabled patients.