GP or General Practitioner
UK residents are entitled to have the care of an NHS GP, who help patients to manage their health and prevent illness. They are able to diagnose, treat and manage illness.
GP practices are usually the first contact if you have a health problem. They can treat many conditions and give health advice. They can also refer you to other NHS services and act as your advocate, representing your best interests.
Register with a GP
It’s important that everyone is registered with a GP practice to be able to access the healthcare that they need. You do not need to show proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number.
Finding a GP
You can use the NHS Choices website to search for doctors, dentists, hospitals and pharmacies in your local area. The website includes maps and directions of how to find each service by road or by public transport.
People who live in Tower Hamlets can now register at a GP practice without even visiting the surgery.
Outside GP hours
Outside of GP hours, if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, simply call 111 from your phone for quick access to advice and treatment. It’s free, even from a mobile phone.
You can also visit NHS 111 online.
GP Extended Hours Hubs
Residents in Tower Hamlets can get a GP appointment, see a nurse or healthcare assistant outside of normal business hours during the week and at weekends.
The GP Extended Hours Hubs, run by the GP Care Group, can be accessed through Tower Hamlets GP practices who can offer appointments out of normal business hours. The hubs are located at:
- Blithehale Hub - Blithehale Medical Centre
- Strouts Place Hub - Strouts Place Medical Centre
- East One Hub - East One Health Centre
- Harley Grove Hub - Harley Grove Medical Centre
- Gough Walk Hub - Gough Walk Practice
- Health Spot - GP Hub for young people aged 11-19.
GP Out of Hours service
The Tower Hamlets GP Out of Hours service, run by the GP Care Group, is for residents who need support with urgent medical conditions that cannot wait until their GP surgery reopens. The service can be accessed by calling NHS 111 where an appropriate team will book an appointment that suits the patient’s medical needs.
Urgent Treatment Centre
The Tower Hamlets Urgent Treatment Centre, run by the GP Care Group, offers urgent care services for residents and visitors of Tower Hamlets, when it’s URGENT but not life-threatening.
To access the service, call NHS 111, which is free, even from mobile phones, who will direct callers to the most appropriate service.
The Tower Hamlets Advocacy and Interpreting Service, run by the GP Care Group, is a free and confidential service ensuring everyone in Tower Hamlets can access primary healthcare through the provision of bilingual advocacy, interpreting, translation, and telephone interpreting services.
Accessible via your GP practice, the team consists of trained interpreters that speak 14 languages, including Bengali, Sylheti, Urdu and Somali. The service also offers a new video British Sign Language Interpreting App for our deaf community in Tower Hamlets.
Find out about services within Tower Hamlets.
The GP Care Group Patient Experience Team uses a variety of ways to gather the views of service users and carers who receive support from integrated community services in Tower Hamlets.
The team’s key aims is to use your feedback to help our services better understand what it is like to receive support and gain insight into what works well and can be celebrated in the work we do.
The GP Care Group-run P-RESET (primary care drug and alcohol) service works within GP Practices in the borough to deliver drug and alcohol support to patients in Tower Hamlets. The service works in partnership with RESET Treatment and Recovery services.
The service is open to all Tower Hamlets residents who are registered with their GP and have been referred to use the service.
Health E1 is a specialist health service for people who are homeless in Tower Hamlets. They provide weekday drop-in sessions, with afternoon appointments available.
Health visitors aim to promote the health and wellbeing of families with children under the age of five.
The service, which is provided by the GP Care Group, works in partnership with families and with other local providers of services for children and families. The team encourages healthy lifestyles, support families with addressing concerns about physical and mental wellbeing, as well as readdressing health inequalities.
Family Nurse Partnership
Find out about the voluntary home visiting programme, provided by Tower Hamlets GP Care Group, to support new mums and famiies.
School health and wellbeing
The Tower Hamlets School Health and Wellbeing Service, run by the GP Care Group, works in partnership with schools in Tower Hamlets to support the younger population’s health needs and medical requirements.
Through a range of screening programmes, health promotion sessions, and regular drop-in sessions, our team of nurses, nursery nurses, and support workers aim to improve the physical, emotional, and mental health of the children, young people, and families within the community.