Register as New Patient
All patient registrations within the NHS are managed by NHS England. They record which patient is registered with which doctor, and manage the distribution of medical records up and down the country, as patients move home and move doctor. They also archive medical records if patients leave the country or after death.
We all have to follow a small set of rules about registering patients.
The first is that a registration form should be completed, if you do not have your purple NHS card. This will help to trace your medical records from your previous GP and ensure that your previous registration with your old practice is cancelled.
We also have to make efforts to cut down the level of fraud – in general practice this is typically about either obtaining medicines by deception (for personal use or for sale) or about attempting to make multiple benefit claims. It may also be about overseas visitors attempting to use NHS resources to which they may not be entitled.
We are expected to help the NHS with this problem by checking the identity of new patients. To do this we need you to provide TWO forms of proof of identity from the list below:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Medical card
- Driving licence
- Local authority rent card
- Paid utility bills
- Bank / building society statement or card
- National Insurance number card
- Payslip (with your address)
- Benefits agency letter, card or book
- Home Office papers
You CANNOT use the following
- Library card
- Video rental card
- Health club card
- Private rent book
You will be registered with a specific GP but you may make appointments to see any GP for most routine matters. If you prefer to see a specific GP, simply let the receptionist know but please be aware that all our doctors work part time and so may not be available on the day of your choice.
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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