The role of a General practitioners, or GPs, provide primary and continuing medical care for patients. They take account of physical, emotional and social factors when diagnosing illness and recommending the required treatment. Patients may be referred to hospital clinics for further assessment and/or treatment.
GPs can also refer patients to professional counselling/psychotherapy centres such as exploringU counselling.
GPs may run specialist clinics within the practice for patients with specific conditions. They increasingly work as part of a team alongside other healthcare professionals, including community health doctors, to discuss care options for patients and their families and help patients to take responsibility for their own health.