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GP services in Northern Ireland

There are over 350 GP Practices throughout Northern Ireland.

Your local doctor, also known as a general practitioner (GP), provides a wide range of services including advice on health problems, physical examinations, diagnosis of symptoms, the prescribing of medication and other treatments.  Each GP practice has a copy of a practice leaflet which will tell you about the full range of services they offer.

There are over 350 GP Practices throughout Northern Ireland. For contact details please visit the Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland website – GP Practices

Registering with a doctor’s surgery

Source: NI Direct

Usually a small group of GPs work together in a practice, often referred to as a surgery, clinic or health centre. Once you’ve chosen a doctor’s surgery, you’ll need to register with it as a Health Service patient. To register with a surgery, talk to the receptionist who can tell you whether you live in the area the surgery covers and whether it is taking on new patients. You no longer need to register with an individual doctor; instead you can choose which doctor, nurse or health professional you wish to see, without giving a reason.

For further information please visit: NI Direct – Your local doctor (GP)

Out of hours service

The doctor out of hours service is there for people who need urgent medical treatment that they would normally receive from their GP, but who cannot wait until the practice is open the next day. For further information please visit: NI Direct – GP Out of Hours

Cross-Border GP Out of Hours

Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT), the cross border Health Services partnership secured EU funding to pilot two cross border GP Out-of-Hours services in the South Armagh and Donegal border regions. These pilots were established to facilitate patients who wish to have access to health services closer to their home, even though those services are in another jurisdiction.

People living in border areas of Donegal and Derry and South Armagh and Castleblayney can avail of urgent GP Out-of-Hours services in the other jurisdiction.

For further information please visit HSCNI – Cross-border GP Out-of-hours or

Frontier workers

If you live in one jurisdiction and work in another you may be eligible for healthcare both where you live and where you work.

For further information please visit BorderPeople – Healthcare for Frontier workers

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