A guide to GP Services
The guide provides helpful information on all aspects of using GP services: from finding and choosing a practice and how to get the most out of a GP consultation to accessing health records and understanding patients’ rights and responsibilities.
Information on registering with a GP
Patient choice of GP practice (ability to register out of area)
Finding a GP Practice
Checklist of what to ask the GP
GP Online Services
It’s Your Practice: A patient guide to GP services has been compiled by The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The RCGP is a membership body of family doctors committed to delivering excellence in general practice and patient care, in the UK and overseas.
GPs charges for ‘fit notes’ (sick notes)
There is never a charge from a doctor for providing a fit note if you’re off sick from work for more than seven days.
For sickness of seven days or less, your GP practice may charge you to provide a private medical certificate.
Why GPs sometimes charge fees
What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist?
This leaflet describes what you can expect to happen when your GP refers you to see a specialist or consultant, at a hospital or a community health centre.