If you have consent, you can speak about a friend or relative's health with their GP.
If you do not have consent
You can raise concerns about a friend or relative's health with their GP without their consent, but because of patient confidentiality, the GP will not be able to discuss any details.
Getting information and advice
If you're concerned about a friend or relative's health, there are many ways for you to get information and advice. For example, you can:
- find information about hundreds of different health conditions
- call NHS 111 to speak to a health adviser
You could talk to your friend or relative directly if you wish to discuss their condition or treatment. Tell them about your concerns about their health, and offer help and support.
Sometimes it can be difficult for someone to see or admit they have a health problem – for example, if they have a drink or drug problem.
For more information about some specific problems, see:
- FRANK's advice on what to do if you think a friend has a drug problem
- Worried someone is thinking about suicide?
- Carers Trust's advice on caring for an alcoholic
- Supporting someone with an eating disorder
Page last reviewed: 27 January 2020
Next review due: 27 January 2023