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Your family Doctor (or GP) provides a wide range of family health services, including:
Most Doctors can also provide family planning/contraception services, care during pregnancy, child health checks and immunisations, health promotion/health screening services, such as smear tests and well person checks and minor operations and procedures. It is important to attend for appointments, or notify the surgery if you have to cancel or change it.
If you live near the PCT boundary, you can find out about doctors in neighbouring PCTs by looking on nhs.uk. If you are new to the area, you could also ask a neighbour or a local pharmacist to give you the name and address of a local GP.
You have the right to express a preference for using a particular doctor within your GP Practice and for the practice to try to comply.
Take your medical card to the surgery of your choice and ask to be accepted on to their list of patients. When you have been accepted, the GP will be responsible for providing you with general medical care.
Take your medical card to another surgery and ask to be accepted as a patient. If you have lost your card, the practice will have a form you can complete.
If you are staying away from home and need to see a doctor, you can visit another practice. Any GP can treat you as a temporary patient when you are away from home for longer than 24 hours and less than 3 months. If it is an emergency and you cannot see you own doctor, any GP will treat you even if your visit to their practice area is for less than 24 hours. Or you could instead call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit your nearest hospital Accident and Emergency Department.
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