the abbreviation for ‘general practitioner’ (a doctor who is trained in general medicine and who works in the local community, not in a hospital) Go and see your GP as soon as possible. There are four GPs in our local practice. Her GP referred her to a specialist. See related entries: Medical staff Culture GPs can write prescriptions (= instructions that allow people to buy medicines), and may recommend that a person goes to see a specialist in a particular disease. Patients are usually treated at the doctor's surgery, and may also be visited at home. GPs are employed by the National Health Service but they may also have some private patients.Extra examples They arranged for the local on-call GP to make a house call to the patient. Who is your local GP? You should register with a GP as soon as possible.