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 in practices as part of a team, which includes nurses, healthcare assistants, practice managers, receptionists and other staff. Practices also work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as health visitors, midwives, and social services.
GP out of hours
If you need to get access to a GP out of surgery hours you should call your GP practice which will be able to provide you with the contact number for their out of hours service.
Don't forget, there are a number of practices in Kensington and Chelsea Queen's Park and Paddington that are open at the weekend. You don't need an appointment and don't need to be registered with the open practice to use the service.
You can also call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if:
- You need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency
- You think you may need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service
- You don’t know who to call for medical help or you don’t have a GP to call
- You require health information or reassurance about what to do next
In a life-threatening emergency, call 999.
How to register with a GP
You can register with a GP practice of your choice, as long as you live within its catchment area and it is accepting new patients. Click here to view a list of GP practices in West London.