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There was a time when no-one would visit their family doctor unless they were feeling really ill.

Fortunately, those times have changed and many GP surgeries are now putting almost as much energy into keeping their patients fit and well as they are in treating those who are sick.

Health and wellbeing services vary from surgery to surgery but may include:

You never know when you might need your GP so even if you are in robust health at the moment it’s always a good idea to register with a local surgery.

To find a GP surgery in your area, visit My local health service Wales.

Most GP surgeries work closely with their nearest pharmacy to make it easier for patients needing prescriptions, etc.

Make sure your GP knows you are a carer

If you are looking after someone, ask your GP surgery to make a note of this in your medical records so your GP can support you, for example, carrying out home visits.

Last updated: 14/11/2017