General Practitioners, or GPs, are qualified medical doctors who provide preventative care and health education to patients, as well as treat acute and chronic illnesses. GPs don’t specialise in a particular field of medicine, such as cardiology, neurology or paediatrics. GPs do, however, have a broad knowledge of general health and medicine and can provide routine health care to the local community such as:
General Practitioners are able to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions, as well as help in preventing them. They do this by giving health advice, administering vaccinations and prescribing medication. Those seeking medical advice and care will usually see a GP first. GPs are able to refer patients to specialist doctors if the need arises. For example, if your GP believes it would be best to see a specialist for your arthritis, they can refer you to a local rheumatologist who will be able to better assist you.
GPs can assess and treat:
As well as perform minor surgical procedures like:
GPs look after the entire family, from pre-natal care, babies and young children right through to elderly patients. From diagnosing common childhood illnesses, vaccinations and paediatric health checks, to sexual health and contraception, blood pressure checks and medications reviews. Your local General Practitioner is your first port of call for non-emergency medical care.