​​​​Your local doctor's surgery​

Your general practitioner (GP) looks after the health of people in your local area, dealing with a whole range of health problems. These NHS doctors also provide health education, offer advice on smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical procedures.

Your local GP surgery provides a wide range of family health services, including:

  • advice on health problems
  • vaccinations
  • examinations and treatment
  • prescriptions for medicines
  • referrals to other health services and social services

GP out of hours 

When your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 (by dialling 1-1-1) from 6.30pm to 8am weekdays and all day Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.

If you have concerns

NHS England commissions all primary care services, including GP services, across England. 

If you are unhappy with the service from your GP practice, and you have been unsucessful in resolving your concerns with your practice directly, you need to contact NHS England.   

Updated April 2016