GPs are doctors who have completed training in general practice. They have broad knowledge and the skills to treat all the health issues you might have through your life. Because your general practitioner gets to know you, your family and your community, they can provide care that is suitable just for you.
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If you have a health issue, the first person you usually go to see is your GP. They will decide whether you need to see another health professional. If needed, they will give you a referral to see a specialist in a certain medical area or refer you to other health professionals.
GPs complete a basic medical degree and internship, then do additional medical training in general practice. This qualifies them to provide continuing care for everyone from babies to elderly people. You can be treated by a GP at their practice, in some hospitals, in residential care facilities, in a home visit or even via the internet or telephone.
The best thing for your health is to develop a long-term relationship with a GP you trust. It is important to find someone you feel comfortable with and who you can talk to openly and honestly. Ask for recommendations from neighbors, friends and family, or from other health professionals in your area.