General practitioners (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.
How to register with a GP
You can register at your nearest GP surgery. You will need to provide proof of address (e.g. a utility bill) and photo identification such as passport, driving licence or birth certificate.
Where is your nearest GP?
Visit NHS choices and enter your postcode in the search box on the homepage to find your nearest GP.
GP out of hours
If you need to get access to a GP out of surgery hours you should firstly call your GP practice who will be able to provide you with the contact number for their out of hours service.
Evening and weekend appointments are available with GPs in Brent via GP access hubs. Find out more here.
You can also call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service:
- 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
Updating your details
If you think that information in your health records is incorrect or your need to update your personal details (name, address, phone number), approach the relevant health professional informally and ask to have the record amended. Some hospitals and GP surgeries have online forms for updating your details. If this doesn't work, you can formally request that the information be amended under the NHS complaints procedure.
All NHS trusts, NHS England, CCGs, GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacists have a complaints procedure. If you want to make a complaint, go to the organisation concerned and ask for a copy of their complaints procedure.
Alternatively, you can complain to the Information Commissioner (the person responsible for regulating and enforcing the Data Protection Act), at:
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
Telephone: 01625 545745
If your request to have your records amended is refused, the record holder must attach a statement of your views to the record.