What is a GP?
GP is another name for a family doctor and is the first point of contact for most patients.
Before you can turn to a GP, you must register with a GP practice.
When to turn to your GP
Turn to your GP for:
- ear pain
- sore belly
For minor illnesses, such as a cold or the flu, turn to your Pharmacist
How will your GP help?
Your GP will carry out a detailed examination of your health and provide you with information, advice and medicine, if required.
They can also refer you to other healthcare professionals for help with your care.
When your GP is closed
If your GP and local pharmacy are closed and you have an illness or injury that just can't wait, phone NHS 24 on 111.
They can arrange for someone to see you at your nearest out-of-hours service.
If you are still unsure who to turn to, phone NHS 24 on 111.
They can help direct you to the most appropriate service for your needs.