When you are unwell, the first thing to ask is…”can I take care of myself?”
It is also important to remember that seeing the GP isn’t always the best option.
We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider if you can help yourself or whether an appointment with a practice nurse, healthcare assistant or physiotherapist might be appropriate? They can help you with a wide range of medical problems. You might also be seen quicker.
If you are unsure, our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Did you know you can self-refer to a number of services without seeing your GP?
These include, physiotherapy, quitting smoking, getting active, losing weight, sexual health, contraceptives, anxiety/stress/low mood
Choosing the Right Service
Choosing the right NHS Wales service if you become ill or are injured is important.
Choose Well is an online resource that it will help you decide if you need medical attention. It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used. Choosing Well means that you and your family will get the best treatment.
You can call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47. NHS Direct Wales is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year