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General practice teams

Everyone should sign up (enrol) with a general practice to get help with all their health needs. General practices have many different names, including medical centres, health centres, clinics and surgeries.

Unless it's an emergency (when you should call 111), your general practice should be your first point of contact for health advice and care.

If you or someone in your family is sick, make your general practice your first call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Even after hours a nurse is available to give free health advice. Just phone your usual general practice number. The nurse will be able to offer advice or suggest you attend an after-hours clinic or emergency department.

If you need help finding a general practice near you, use this general practice map.

General practice teams

General practice teams vary between general practices. They normally include the following team members:

They may also include some of the following team members:

What general practice teams do

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2021. Last updated June 2022.


See also:

Emergency & after-hours medical help

Funding schemes at your general practice

Preparing for your doctor's visit

Zero fees for under-14s

Page reference: 132164

Review key: HIGPS-132164