During the COVID-19 pandemic, primary care services are working in a different way to prevent the spread of the disease and protect patients and staff, while still providing essential services. To protect you from coronavirus, your GP practice will try to help you remotely as much as possible:
- Contact the practice, either online, by an app or by phone to be assessed. Find out more here: www.nhs.uk/health-at-home
- You will be assessed and as far as possible you will receive advice or care via a video consultation, or over the phone.
- If a face-to-face appointment is necessary, you will be advised on what to do. GP practices have measures in place to minimise any risk from coronavirus.
Please do not enter the practice unless you’ve been advised to. This will ensure they can continue to provide essential care safely.
Don’t forget that most pharmacies across Salford can provide treatment and advice for lots of health conditions which can be treated at home, saving you a GP appointment.
For details of local GP surgeries, including opening hours, contact details, and details of the services they provide, please use the above search box.
For expert medical advice, whenever you need it, you can also call 111 for free any time, day or night, every day of the year.
You have the legal right to choose a GP practice that best suits your needs.
Try comparing GP practices according to facilities, services, access and performance before you decide.
Ask friends, relatives and others you trust for their thoughts and recommendations.
The GP practice must accept you, unless there are reasonable grounds to refuse you.
These must not relate to race, gender, social class, age, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, disability or a medical condition.
It must also give you reasons for its decision in writing.
A GP practice may refuse to register you because:
- it has no capacity to take on new patients
- it may not be accepting patients that do not live within its practice boundary
- in your particular circumstances, it may not be appropriate for you to register with a practice that's a long way from where you live
Since January 2015 all GP practices in England have been free to register new patients who live outside their practice boundary area.
But it's for a practice to decide at the point of registration whether it's clinically appropriate and practical to register individual patients in that way.
You can read more about your legal rights to choice in the NHS on the GOV.UK website.
If you have problems registering with a nearby GP practice, contact NHS England's Customer Contact Centre.