Can I choose to see a male or female GP?

You can ask to see a male or female GP, as long as your surgery has both male and female GPs available.

GPs at your surgery

Most GP surgeries and health centres have male and female GPs. However, a small number of doctors work on their own. Find out more on this in our GP services explained page.

If your GP surgery does have male and female GPs, they will try their best to meet your request. However, this may not always be possible or you might have to wait longer to see a specific GP.

Information about your GP surgery

Surgeries must provide the following information about the GPs who work there:

  • their names
  • their General Medical Council (GMC) registration number
  • their qualifications

Other information may also be provided about the healthcare professionals who work at the surgery, such as:

  • the names of non-medical staff
  • the gender of each healthcare professional
  • whether any healthcare professionals speak an additional language (other than English)
  • when the healthcare professionals are available and their areas of interest or expertise

This information may be displayed in the surgery or provided in the practice leaflet available from the reception desk.

You can also find information about the GPs at your local sugery in health services near you.

Registering with a GP surgery

If you’re registering with a new surgery, you can ask to see the list of its GPs so you can decide who to see.

Before you register, you can ask if they have a policy on matching patients with individual doctors. If the gender, age or cultural background of your GP matters to you, ask whether the surgery can accommodate this before you register.

Read the answers to more questions about NHS services and treatments.

Further information:


Video: what does patient choice mean to you?

People talk about choices they have made for their health, in their lifestyle, their NHS treatment and of NHS services.

Media last reviewed:

Next review due:

Page last reviewed: 04/10/2012

Next review due: 03/10/2014