Register as a New Patient
To register at the surgery you will be asked to provide your current medical card or photographic identification in the form of a passport or driving licence and 2 utility bills for the address you are living in at present. Please ask at reception for a registration form to complete.
You will be asked to complete details on the form. If you have any difficulties with this please ask the receptionist for help. You may need to provide your National Health Number but note that this is not the same as your National Insurance Number. You can obtain this number from your current GP.
A health check appointment with the practice nurse will be arranged if required. This is to obtain as much clinical detail as possible and you may also need to see the doctor if you require medication. Your records will then be applied for but as these may take some weeks to arrive at the surgery it is very important that you attend for the health check if you are asked to do so.
When registering with the practice you will be allocated a named GP who is responsible for your overall care. A member of the reception team can inform you about your named GP. However, this does not prevent you from seeing any other GP of your preference.
The practice may ask you to register elsewhere if we feel that we cannot provide you with the services you personally require because you live outside of the practice area
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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