Common Health QuestionsBack
How can I see a GP if I'm away from home?
If you're away from home and need to see a GP, you can contact any GP surgery nearby.
You can receive emergency treatment from a GP surgery for up to 14 days - for example, if you fall ill while on holiday. If your treatment will last longer than that, you'll have to register as a temporary or permanent resident.
You can register as a temporary resident if you're in the area for longer than 24 hours but less than three months. For more information, see How do I register as a temporary resident with a GP?
If you'll be in the area for longer than three months, you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice. Read more about registering with a GP.
If you need medical advice or treatment but you don't need to see a GP, there are some alternatives you can try instead.
- call NHS 111 for non-emergency medical advice and information about local services
- a pharmacist provides advice and treatment for minor conditions that don't need a prescription
- a minor injuries unit (MIU) provides treatment for less serious injuries, such as sprains, broken bones and wound infections
- a walk-in centre deals with minor illnesses and injuries, such as infections and rashes
- a sexual health or GUM clinic provides testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and contraception advice
These services don't require you to make an appointment or register as a patient.
- Minor injury units
- Pharmacy services
- Walk-in centres
- What services do sexual health clinics (GUM clinics) provide?
If you're away from home and need to see a GP, you can contact a GP surgery nearby or visit a GP-led health centre.