Doctors are know as General practitioners (GPs)

GPs are the first point of contact for nearly all NHS patients.

They can direct you to other NHS services and are experts in family medicine, preventative care, health education, and treating people with multiple and long-term conditions. If you’re planning to live and work in England, you need to register with a GP practice. Anyone in England can register with a GP surgery, it’s free to register. You do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID, or an NHS number. You’ll need to fill out a GMS1 form using exactly the same details you used when you filled out your visa, you can contact your local surgery for the form. You will be then assigned the  NHS number (in England) which is a 10 digit number, like 485 777 3456. It is on any letter you receive from the NHS. You do not need to know your NHS number to use NHS services, but it can be useful to have it. However, being registered with a GP practice does not in itself mean you’ll be entitled to free NHS hospital treatment. If you’re in England for a short visit but need to see a GP, you can register as a temporary patient with a local doctor.

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