General Practitioners (GPs) are the medical professionals who provide primary care to patients in their local community. They are usually doctors, but there are also pharmacists, optometrists and podiatrists who can also be GPs. General practitioners deal with a wide range of health problems and can prescribe medication, make referrals for medical tests and treatments, and offer advice on healthy living. They are often the first point of contact for people with health problems. You can hop over to this site to know more about general practitioners.
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Most GPs work part-time, although a growing number work full-time. In some areas, GPs provide services in addition to their primary role as doctors; this is known as mixed practice. GPs work in both private and NHS settings. The NHS provides general practice services free to everyone who is registered with a GP practice. However, many GPs now work in private practices where they charge a fee for their services.
A GP’s role includes seeing patients for primary care, which includes diagnosing and treating common health problems. A GP may also refer patients to specialists when needed. Your role as a patient is to be honest and accurate when asked to provide information. Always inform your general practitioner of any medical conditions you may have that are likely to affect your ability to complete tasks or make decisions.
A GP can treat most common conditions, including diabetes, asthma, allergies, headaches, back pain and sinusitis. Headaches can be treated with over-the-counter medications or by prescription anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as aspirin and acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol).