A GP is responsible for the care of their patients.
They treat all common illnesses and conditions, as well as making referrals to hospital for patients who may need urgent or special treatment for more serious or complicated health problems.
Increasingly GPs are spending more of their time caring for the most seriously ill patients in the practice, particularly those who are older or who have complex long term conditions that need to be managed so as to keep them well and out of hospital. They also support and oversee the rest of the practice team, ensuring that appropriate care is being provided for patients with less serious medical problems.
A GP is best qualified and experienced to deal with the following: