General Practitioners (GPs) look after the health of people in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, offer advice on smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical operations.
GPs usually work with a team including nurses, health visitors and midwives, as well as a range of other health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. If your needs can’t be dealt with by your GP practice, a GP will usually refer you to a hospital for tests, treatment or to see a consultant with specialist knowledge.
Finding a GP
You can find your nearest GP practice using the NHS “Find services” directory.
Core opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am – 6.30pm.
Most GP practices now offer extended opening hours which means you can see a doctor at evenings, weekends and in the early mornings. Please contact your GP practice for details of their opening times.
Contacting you GP practice out of hours
If you need to see a doctor urgently when your GP practice is closed, you can still call your usual GP practice number in the first instance. The practices’ automated messaging service will provide you with our out of hour’s treatment information or you will be asked to call NHS 111.
We offer a range of urgent care services across East Leicestershire and Rutland to provide care for urgent but non-life threatening matters. You can find out more about our urgent care services here.
Not registered with a GP?
GP practices serve patients within specific catchment areas, you can register with a GP practice of your choice, as long as you live within its catchment area and its practice list is not formally closed to new patient registrations.
Registering and visits to the practice are free. If you are not yet registered with a local GP practice, you should do so as soon as possible to ensure that you can receive medical treatment when you need it. Don’t wait until you are ill.
How to register
- Find a GP that you would like to register with and contact them to ask permission.
- They will usually ask you to complete a form giving details such as:
- your name and address
- your date of birth
- you NHS number (if you know it)
- other information, such as the name and address of you previous GP
- You will need to take the form into your chosen GP practice. Some GP practices will also ask to see proof of your identity.
- You will be sent a letter confirming that you have been registered. Your medical records will then be transferred.