The role of your GP

It is important that you find a GP that you like, and trust, and develop a relationship with them. It can be really beneficial to have a GP who knows you and your medical history. Having a relationship with a regular GP can also reduce the chance of you having to give your medical history over and over again, to multiple practitioners.

GPs are often required to make specialist referrals, particularly for young people who are not linked with a late effects clinic, or are discharged from regular follow up. GPs can improve consistency of care, and effective coordination of care to ensure regular follow up and prompt identification of physical and psychosocial needs.

The role of your GP may vary depending on where you live – for example, for those living in rural areas, GPs tend to be the predominant coordinator of care.