GPs and dentists

GPs

There are many GP (family doctor) surgeries in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston. 

GPs provide care, which may involve appointments or telephone advice, during the hours of 8:00am and 6.30pm.

Click here for a list of all our GP practice members.

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.

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If you require out of hours advice or care, please call NHS 111.

For more information, please visit Choosing the right service.

Dentists

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 Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston.

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

Visit the NHS Choices website to find out more about local dental services and surgeries, including opening hours, contact details, and details of the services they provide and how to register.

If you need any specific support in relation to dentists, you can contact NHS England, which is the commissioning organisation for dental services.

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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.

Visit 'What happens when you visit an NHS dentist' for more.