For what questions can I see my GP?

In brief

In brief

  • You can see your GP for various matters. Also urgent matters. Only in case of a life-threatening emergency call 112.
  • The GP is your first point of contact for your health and your child's health.
  • Are you unsure about whether to see your GP? Feel free to ask the assistant.
  • In general, the GP does not provide: dental care, physiotherapy, and perinatal care.
Examples

Examples of matters you can see your GP for

The GP is your first point of contact for your health and your child's health. You can see your GP for various matters. For example:

All urgent medical needs

Only in case of a life-threatening emergency call 112.

Questions or advice about your health or your child’s health

It is normal for children to be seen by a GP. In the Netherlands, paediatricians generally only see children with special needs or conditions.

Physical complaints or symptoms

For example:

  • if you have a painful knee, or for gynaecological symptoms
  • if you have had a cough for more than 3 weeks

Mental health issues or symptoms

Such as feeling down, relationship problems or problems related to alcohol or drugs. Your GP can also help you deal with psychological problems related to moving countries, such as loneliness.

If you are worried

For example:

  • If you think that a symptom or illness will not clear up on its own.
  • If you want to know whether you are infected or have infected someone else, for examine with an STI.
  • If you are worried about a mole.
  • If you have thought of a way to treat yourself but aren’t sure if it is the right way.

First aid or for minor surgical procedures

Such as stitching or bandaging wounds and checking to see if something is sprained or broken.

Treatment and support in the case of chronic diseases

Such as diabetes or asthma.

Preventive medicine

Such as the flu vaccine (if indicated) and the periodic cervical smear test.

Referral

Referral to a medical specialist

For some medical issues or symptoms, your GP may refer you to a medical specialist. You can’t consult a medical specialist without a referral.

Unsure? Ask assistant

Unsure? Ask assistant

Are you unsure about whether to see your GP for a certain question? Feel free to ask the GP assistant. The assistant is specially trained for this and will sometimes be able to answer your question without needing to consult the GP.

What GPs do not provide

What GPs generally do not provide

In general, the GP does not provide:

  • Dental care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Perinatal care, such as obstetric or maternity care

GPs are often part of a healthcare centre where these services may be available.

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