What GPs do
GPs assess patients, provide preventative advice, prescribe medication and refer patients to other specialists. They can also provide contraception advice, sexual health services, maternity care and vaccinations. During normal daytime hours, most GPs work on an appointment-only basis. NHS Kirklees provides out of hours cover via a not for profits GP consortium.
Registering with a GP
You can register with a GP by looking up your local practice and providing them with your medical card details. If you do not have a medical card you should fill in form GMS1, which should be available at the surgery. Once you have been accepted as a patient, your medical records will be transferred to the new surgery and you will be sent a new medical card. When you register with a new GP it is a good idea to ask for an information leaflet about the surgery and it’s services and policies.
What you can expect from your family doctor
There are 74 GP practices, or family doctors, plus some branch surgeries, in Kirklees, and all of them offer a slightly different range of services depending on the different needs of their patients.
When you need to see a doctor quickly, you should be offered an appointment within two working days.
All GP surgeries should also allow you to book an appointment more than two days in advance.
Many surgeries are now open longer. Some are offering appointments early in the morning, in the evening or at weekends. Contact your current GP surgery to ask about opening times.
If you have difficulty registering with a GP contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 01484 464464.