When you attend the Practice to register you will be asked to complete a GP registration form, and new patient questionnaire form, these must be completed before you see the Doctor, so it is advisable to attend at least 10 minutes before your appointment time, so that you can compete the information required.
The receptionist will offer you a new patient appointment with the Health Care Assistant, and this examination will include Blood Pressure, Height, Weight, medical history and a note of any repeat medication you maybe taking. Acceptance on to the list is as at the discretion of the Doctor. We will ask you for proof of identity.
There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to register with your chosen GP. For example, you may live too far away. If this is the case simply choose another GP in your local area.
Once you’ve been accepted as a patient, your medical records will be transferred to the Practice.
Your medical records may take several weeks to arrive at the Practice.
If you need to seek medical attention while away from home or are not registered with a GP you can access emergency treatment from a GP for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary resident (up to 3 month) or a permanent patient. After three months you should either register permanent or re-register as temporary resident and complete a new form.
The practice may not accept you as a temporary resident but have an obligation to offer emergency treatment.
In accordance with current recommendations, all new patients should present two forms of identification. This is required to reduce and prevent fraudulent attempts to obtain or misuse NHS care. Overseas visitors may be asked for additional information to prove NHS entitlement.
One form of identity must ideally be photographic such as:
- Drivers Licence
- Official ID card from Public Services body
- Student matriculation card (current year)
Other documents for prove of residency that are acceptable are:
- Recent utility bill (within last 3 months)
- Council Tax document
- Television Licence
- Payslips (last two months)
- Rent book/agreement (Public Body or Private Landlord)
- Bank Statement (Name and address section only required)
- Solicitors Letter- (Clearly showing name and address)
If unable to provide photographic evidence then you must present one of the above and one of the following:-
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- DivorceAnnulment Papers.
N.B. The above list is not exhaustive and staff are entitled to ask for further proof if required. Please note you will not be registered with the practice if you cannot provide the documents required to prove NHS eligibility.