GPs and dentists
There are GP (family doctor) surgeries all over the Greater Preston area. GPs provide care, which may involve appointments or telephone advice, during the hours of 8am and 6.30pm.
You can make an appointment to visit your GP surgery for medical advice, examinations and prescriptions. You should make an appointment with your local GP when you have an illness or injury that will not go away.
If you require out of hours advice or care please call NHS 111.
As of April 2015, Chorley and South Ribble CCG assumed ‘delegated responsibility’ from NHS England for commissioning GP primary care services. This will help the CCG give patients, communities and clinicians more scope in deciding how local services are developed. For more information, visit the delegated commissioning committee page on this site.
Dentists are healthcare professionals who can help you to have healthy teeth and gums by undertaking regular checks, and provide treatment when necessary.
There are dental surgeries across the Greater Preston area, and a your dentist will decide how often they need to see you based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. If you have no current problems, your dentist might not need to see you for up to two years.
If you're in need of urgent or out-of-hours dental care:
- Call your dental surgery: their answerphone may direct you to where you can get treatment
- Call 0300 1234 010 to reach the Central Lancashire urgent dental coverage team
- Call NHS 111 who can direct you to the closest urgent and out-of-hours treatment available
If you need any specific support in relation to dentists, you can contact NHS England, which is the commissioning organisation for dental services.
Why do I need to get my teeth checked and what will happen?
It is important to get your teeth checked regularly so that any dental problems can be spotted early to help keep your whole mouth healthy.
Your dentist will:
- Look at your teeth, gums and mouth
- Ask about your general health
- Ask if you have had any problems with your teeth
- Give you advice on your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits
- Provide treatment if needed
Your dentist will recommend a date for you to have another general check-up. This could vary between having checks every three months to every two years. People who have good oral health will probably only need to visit the dentist for a check-up every 12 to 24 months.