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Helping the people of Leicester to have long and healthy lives.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

General Practitioner (GP)

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:

  • All common illnesses
  • An ongoing health conditions e.g. diabetes, heart disease, which need monitoring very closely and regularly (every week or month)
  • A mental health condition and you require a referral to special support
  • Lumps or moles that appear on your body which were not there previously and may need a referral to check whether this is cancer
  • Ongoing illnesses that have lasted more than 6 to 8 weeks and require a blood test or further investigation
  • Family planning such as insertion and removal of contraceptive methods.