How registering with your local GP practice can help you to access health and social care treatment
Health leaders in Leicester are urging those members of the public not registered with a GP to do so. Registering with their local GP practice will give access to free health and care treatment locally when needed. This includes being routinely updated about how to book and access lifesaving vaccines especially now that the colder winter months are fast approaching.
As Leicester gears up to welcome new and existing university students as well as those relocating or visiting the city for extended stays it’s important their healthcare needs are high up on the moving to do list. GP practices oversee all aspects of a person’s health throughout their lives and are often the first point of contact for NHS care for most patients. They provide a range of services to support people when they are feeling unwell, need medical treatment or require guidance around any new or existing health conditions. GPs are also able to help patients decide which treatment is right for them, so registering as soon as possible will help to provide care as and when it’s required.
Local GP, Dr Rajiv Wadhwa, said: “It’s important that all our residents register with a GP, even for people who are only due to be in Leicester for a short period of time, whether they are here to work or study, or on an extended visit – registering with a GP should be high on everyone’s priority list. It will mean that medical treatment in the community can be accessed without delay.
“GP practices are located centrally in every area of the city and we are able to work with patients to manage their health so that they are less likely to require hospital care. We help patients to make decisions about their conditions and should patients require more specialist care we are able to work with other providers to help make this happen.”
Patients registered with a GP practice benefit from access to; GPs, nurses, community-based services, as well as guidance from pharmacists and other trained health and care professionals.
Dr Wadhwa continues: “Anyone can register with a GP practice and we have dedicated support available from our GP Registration Officers who are on hand to help anyone in Leicester who is unsure about how to register with a GP practice, or what information they would need. Help to register is also available, for those who don’t speak English as their first language.
“I strongly urge anyone that has yet to register themselves or a family member in their care to do so at the earliest opportunity as it will ensure they are able to access vital services such as the Covid-19 vaccination programme. We must do everything we can to stay well and protect our loved ones and communities from viruses such as Flu and Covid-19 when we can – please don’t wait until you are unwell to register.”
For more information about how to register with a GP practice, contact a GP Registration Officer or to find a GP practice, visit: www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/you-and-your-gp-practice/