Access to a Doctor

GPs (doctors) treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, mental and social aspects of care. They are your main point of contact for general healthcare.

Practice nurses are also based in GP practices. They are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. Practice nurses usually run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

The GP practice you are registered with will be open over winter, offering telephone or virtual appointments, however there may be a reduced service over the Bank Holidays and some practices will be closed.

If you need to see a GP on a Bank Holiday but your practice is closed, think NHS 111 First.