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.
You normally see GPs or other healthcare professionals at their premises (surgery). Some GPs have more than one location. If your GP cannot deal with a problem at their surgery, you could be referred to a hospital for tests, treatment, or to see a consultant with specialist knowledge.
GP practices should make information about their services easily available to their patients. Ask at your surgery for a practice leaflet.
Find a GP with NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps/
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information
A GP provides services to people of all ages, including children and young people. You often need a GP’s referral to access other specialised NHS services.
People over 14 who have a learning disability are entitled to an annual health check with their GP practice.