Seeing a GP or Nurse
In line with government guidance, our appointment system has changed. Anyone who needs advice or treatment from a GP will be offered an online eConsult or telephone consultation in the first instance. Please be advised that we have limited capacity for eConsult requests and once this limit has been reach, the service will be closed until the next working day. The GP will be able to assess, diagnose, manage, advise, prescribe and refer as normal. Following assessment if the GP feels a face to face review is needed then this will be arranged too.
For non-urgent medical problems, you may also wish to use e-consult which is available through our website. You can use this service for a range of queries including the requesting of sick notes and non-urgent medical advice.
Please use the following service if you have to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.
If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.
When making an appointment with the GP, you might want to consider if there are any other options first. Read this guide on when to see your GP, and have a look at our guidance on self care and minor illness
Also don’t forget that there are other community health professionals who might be able to help with your problem, so your GP is not the only port of call!
Your local pharmacist is able to diagnose and treat many minor medical problems, and they will also be able to point you in the right direction if you need further help.
Read this guide to see what your local pharmacist can help you with.
Simple painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen (including liquid for children) can be cheaply bought from the pharmacy without a prescription, without a need to see a doctor
If you have a non urgent eye problem, your local optometrist can also assess, diagnose and manage this, and point you in the right direction if you need further help
If you have a dental problem, going to see your GP often only delays getting the correct treatment. See your dentist instead. If you are not registered with one then call 111 to access the unscheduled dental care service.
Our excellent nurses and healthcare assistants have a wide range of skills. They are involved in the management of long term conditions and also undertake many other health activities such as:
- obtaining blood samples*
- minor and complex wound management including leg ulcers and post surgical
- travel health advice and vaccinations
- child immunisations and advice
- family planning & women’s health including cervical smears
- men’s health screening
- sexual health services
- smoking cessation clinics
- weight loss management
- ear syringing*
* you will usually need to see a doctor first before being referred to the nurse for these.