Can’t get a GP appointment?
General Practitioners are your first port of call if you’re feeling unwell or even just have any personal questions.
Most GPs work as practices operating in normal working hours (8-6.30 weekdays, limited service weekends). In some places, it can be difficult to get an appointment quickly, but it varies from place to place in the UK.
If it’s an emergency, you can call at 8am and they’re often able to offer you a cancelation.
To find a GP visit https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/GP/LocationSearch/4
So what happens when you are unable to get a GP appointment?
The NHS provides many services. Choosing the right service is often difficult and you may have more than one option. Below are the common services provided by the NHS in England.
NHS 111 – You should call this number if you need general medical advice but cannot wait for a GP appointment. This line will also advise you which NHS service is best for you to use.
999 – This is the emergency number, which should be dialled only when life is at risk and an ambulance is needed straight away.
Walk-in Centre/Minor Injuries Unit/Urgent care Centre – In case your GP is closed and you cannot get an appointment, use this NHS service.
Pharmacist – Your local pharmacist can advise you on the best course of action against common complaints, including headaches, stomach pain, minor infections, etc.
Accident and Emergency – Most Hospital have an A&E. Only go to A&E if this situation is life threatening.
Sam Fitzpatrick Final Year Medical Student, Cardiff University.
Milad Rouf Final Year Medical Student, Cardiff University.