Register as New Patient
Preferably please print off the registration form and questionnaire opposite and bring them along with proof of identity when you visit the practice.
Two forms of identity will be requested and at least one must state your current address. Acceptable forms of ID are: Birth/Marriage Certificate, Medical Card, Driving License, Passport, Recent Utility Bill, National Insurance number card, Payslip, Letter from Benefits Agency/Benefit Book/Signing-On card or Papers from the Home office.
When you register you will also be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire. This is because it can take a considerable amount of time for us to receive your full medical records.
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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