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Accessing GP services

Anyone in England can visit a GP practice and use their services.

You do not need to be registered, to prove your identity, address or immigration status.

Registering with a GP is free of charge. There is no cost to making an appointment or using core NHS services. 

 

What Registering means 

Registering with a GP practice means they are responsible for your overall care and will hold your medical records.

Your GP practice should be the first place you go for non-emergency medical help. You can be assessed, offered treatment for many health conditions or referred to other NHS services.

You will continue to be registered with a practice indefinitely, unless you decide to join a new practice, for example, if you have moved to a new area. 

On rare occasions, practices may take the step to remove a patient from their list in the event of unacceptable behaviour or a breakdown in relations. 

 

Who can Register?

GP services are available to anyone regardless of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Anyone aged 16 or over can register with a GP on their own. Parents or guardians can register a dependent, as can a carer for someone they look after.

You do not need to provide proof of your identity or address, but it helps to connect your medical records if you can, especially if you have been registered with another GP. 

 

How to Register

Signing up as a patient using our online new patient registration form is quick and easy.

There’s nothing to download or print anything. All you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer that’s connected to the internet.

The form will also allow you to register a child or other dependent for who you are responsible, including care home patients.

If you would like to register to use our online services, which we would recommend, you can do that. We will ask to verify your identity as part of this process, as setting up online access will give you access to your existing medical records.

Alternatively, you can download copies of our patient registration forms to fill in at home and return to us. Our Reception Team also has copies of our new patient registration forms if you are visiting the practice.

 

Can I see a Doctor at another Practice?

You can receive emergency treatment from any GP for up to 14 days. If you need treatment for longer than that, registering as a temporary resident will mean we can continue to see you for up to 3 months. 

You will remain registered with your current practice during this time, and we will share any treatment your receive or other information with them.

After those three months, you would need to switch and become a permanent resident.

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