This booklet answers the questions:

  • What is the National Health Service (NHS)?
  • What is a General Medical Practitioner (GP)?
  • What services do GPs provide?
  • Why should I register with a GP?
  • How do I register?
  • Will I be able to communicate with my GP if I speak little or no English?
  • How do I get to see my GP?
  • What if I need non-emergency health care when my GP surgery or health centre is closed?
  • Do I and my family qualify for free NHS health care?
  • What if I need emergency health care?


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