There are roughly 2,500 qualified General Practitioners, in Ireland, working in group practices, primary care centres, single-handed practices and health centres around Ireland. Most practices working hours operate, from 9am-6pm Monday – Friday. Outside of these hours the urgent care clinics take over.
The GP plays a central role in the health care system and is often the first medical advice a person seeks when they feel unwell. GPs provide a broad service to their patients on all health issues, and may refer patients to see specialists or hospital consultants if more specific investigation is required. GPs play a central role in the health of our community, caring for people from birth and childhood, through to older age and end of life care.