Register as a New Patient
You may join the practice by attending the surgery with your NHS medical card and completing a form at Reception. You will be asked for photo identification ( i.e. driving license or passport). As part of the registration process you will be asked to attend for a short health check with one of our nurses. This needs to be completed before registration is finalised.
We will also ask you to confirm your preferred method of contact and provide the relevant details. We will also explain how you can register for online services, and the benefits this will provide.
Medical treatment is available after completion of your registration which takes a minimum of 48 hours. You will have a named, accountable doctor who is responsible for co-ordinating your care. You can make appointments to see any of our other doctors or nurses, not just your named GP.
New Patient Medical Questionnaire
When you register you will also be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire. This is because it can take a considerable time for us to receive your medical records. When you come to the surgery you will be asked to complete and sign this form to confirm that the details are correct.
Temporary Patient Registrations
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 list 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.
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.
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