How can I see a GP if I'm away from home?

If you're away from home and you need to see a GP, you can:

  • contact a GP surgery nearby, or 
  • visit a GP-led health centre

GP surgery

If you fall ill or need medical advice while you're away from home, or if you're not registered with a GP but you need to see one, you can still contact a local GP surgery to ask for treatment. You can use the services directory to find GP surgeries in the area.

You can receive emergency treatment from a GP surgery for 14 days  for example, if you fall ill while on holiday. If your treatment will last longer than that, you'll have to register as a temporary or permanent resident.

You can register as a temporary resident if you are in the area for longer than 24 hours but less than three months. For more information, see How do I register as a temporary resident with a GP?

If you'll be in the area for longer than three months, you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice. For more information, see How do I register with a GP?

GP-led health centres

You can also visit a GP-led health centre to see a GP. These are open from 8am to 8pm, every day of the year. You don't need an appointment, but you can book one beforehand if you prefer.

You don't need to be registered at a GP-led health centre to use it, and you can see a GP there even if you're registered with another GP somewhere else.

Other medical advice and care

If you need medical advice or treatment but you don't need to see a GP, there are some alternatives. For example:

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

Further information:

Page last reviewed: 15/08/2014

Next review due: 14/08/2016