Your GP should be your first point of contact for health issues that you can’t treat with the help of advice from your local pharmacy or information on


GPs work in a practice as part of a team that includes nurses, healthcare assistants and other staff. They’re trained in all aspects of general medicine, which includes child health, mental health, screening, vaccinations and the management of long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

They’re usually open throughout the day from Monday to Friday, and some practices now open early in the morning and in the early evening too.

All GP practices in Merseyside also offer same-day appointments for children.

Register to a practice 

You’ll need to register with a GP practice to access their services.

You can register with any local GP practice that you like, as long as you live within its catchment area and they’re accepting new patients.

If you’d like help choosing a GP has a wealth of information about how to find out more about GP practices in your area.

How to register

Once you’ve chosen which practice you’d like to go, you’ll need to apply to register. You can do this by visiting the practice or giving them a call to check if they’re accepting new patients.

If the practice is accepting new patients, they’ll give you an application form, which needs to be filled in and returned, usually along with some proof of identification (ID).

A practice cannot refuse your application unless they have reasonable grounds to do so.

Once you’re registered with a practice, all of your medical records will be transferred to your new practice.

It’s also useful to know that you can register with a GP practice as a temporary resident under certain circumstances.