GP practices are the gateway to the NHS and it is much easier to access health care services if you are registered with one.
Even if you are not ill at the moment there are benefits to being registered with a practice. These include:
When you are ill your GP can provide access to a range of diagnostic tests, prescriptions for drugs and other medical items and refer you to a range of community-based health professionals as well as to hospital. GPs also provide routine care of chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
If you need to see a GP urgently, you can usually be seen the same day and always within 48 hours. Appointments can be booked for less urgent consultations. Many GP practices are also now offering extra opening hours, focused on their patients’ needs.
Step 1 - Choose a GP practice in your area that is willing to accept you on its list, (everyone permanently living in Britain has a right to be registered and receive services from a GP). For help with this call 0114 305 1800 or visit the NHS Choices website.
Step 2 - Take your medical card with you to the reception or fill in a form on arrival if you don’t have one.
If you or your family need medical attention when your GP practice is closed you can access the GP out of hours service. Just call your practice as usual and you will be automatically transferred to the service.
A qualified health advisor will advise you on an appropriate course of action. Your own GP will be told what has happened as soon as the surgery re-opens.
We have been working with local GP practices to get agreement for them to stay open for longer and give you the opportunity to see a doctor early in the morning, during the evening, or at the weekend. Many GP surgeries in your area now offer appointments outside normal working hours.
Contact your practice directly or search on NHS Choices to see if your practice is offering extended opening hours.
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