Join the practice
All new patients will need to complete the new patient registration form. Please bring your form along with suitable identification including proof of address (e.g. utility bill) and a form of photographic ID. (passport or drivers license).
Live within boundary area?
To be eligible to register at the practice, you must live within the practice catchment area. Check your nearest health centre page for details:
Under Department of Health rules from 1 April 2016 patients are assigned a named GP. Patients are not registered to this GP, they are registered to the Practice but this named GP is responsible for the coordination of your overall care.
It has always been the case that a patient can choose which GP they want to see, excepting that they will need to see someone else if their preferred GP is not available or if their need is urgent. Having a named GP does not alter this but your named GP can have queries forwarded to them along with test results and the management of any referrals you require.
Your named GP does not need to be available to you on demand and it is worth noting that most GPs in general Practice do not work 5 days a week.
We have assigned a named GP on a random basis but this can be easily changed at your request. To find out who has been assigned to you please ask at reception.
Guide to GP Services
The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them.
If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
Non English Speakers
These fact sheets have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. They cover issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.
Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups.
Open the leaflets in one of the following languages: