If you have an illness or injury that just will not go away, make an appointment with your doctor (GP). They provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions. Some may offer urgent same day or next-day appointments, and evening and weekend services that may include home visits.
Your local doctors’ surgery or GP practice provides a wide range of family health services, including:
If your condition is non-urgent, you can expect to see a doctor within two working days or a health professional such as a nurse within one working day. If you don’t need an appointment within two working days, you can also book in advance if this is more convenient for you.
It is important to keep your appointment, or notify the surgery if you have to cancel or change it.
To find out where your nearest surgery is, visit NHS Choices.
The NHS pledge is to provide easy access to services at a time that is convenient for you.
Outside normal hours phone your doctor’s surgery and you’ll be directed to an out-of-hours service. The out-of-hours period is from 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays and all day at weekends and on bank holidays.