What Your GP Can Offer
Giving smoother access to the facilities listed below, and you will know whom to call when you need medical advice. Additionally, you will know where your medical records are — they arrive with your new GP about 4-6 weeks after registration (although the latter does not apply to students from overseas).
This is offered at registration and covers: blood pressure, immunisation including meningitis, urine testing, and advice about sexual health & contraception. It is an important check up, there to help you.
You will be able to see a GP at the surgery where you register. Usually but not always this is by appointment and there can be a wait of several working days for an appointment in busy time. Most practices run as a group of doctors where you can see the doctor of your choice within that practice not necessarily your registered GP.
Urgent medical problems
If you have serious medical problem that requires urgent attention, please make this clear to the receptionist who can arrange for assessment by either a doctor or nurse who will advice you.
Out of hours
In the case of a medical emergency if you need to contact your GP ring the practice which will either leave advice on an answer message about who to ring or transfer the call to an out of hours centre where your problem can be assessed. The out of hours number may also be found in the practice booklet. Please do not use this service for problems that can wait until surgery open.
Your GP will manage your care as best as possible but can refer your care on to a hospital specialist if your condition requires it. You may wait several months for an appointment so if your condition changes while waiting let your GP know.
Most GPs will offer routine immunisations usually via their practice nurses. This includes tetanus, polio, rubella, meningitis etc. Many will also offer a range of travel vaccinations and advice.
Contraception & Sexual Health
Most GP’s and practice nurses will be able to advise regarding contraception including the pill and morning after pill. They can also advise in other sexual health problems including sexually transmitted disease. Remember prescriptions for the pill are free.
Your health records are for your benefit and NO individual outside the surgery can find out any details regarding your medical problems unless you specifically give your signed consent.
A large range of other services may be offered by different surgeries including minor surgery, wart clinics, counselling, acupuncture, diabetic clinics, asthma clinics. Look in the practice booklet where those offered by your surgery will be listed.