The doctors welcome new patients who live within our practice area. When registering, please bring your NHS medical card and one other form of identification (e.g. utility bill, passport) to the Practice, together with those of any others registering with you.
If you do not have a medical card, you will be asked to complete a registration form for each person registering at the Practice. In addition, all patients will be asked to complete a new patient questionnaire, allowing us to provide medical care in the interim period, while your medical records are transferred from your old Practice to this one. If you move out of the Practice area, you will need to register with a new Practice as soon as you move.
When joining the Practice, a new patient will be asked to make a “New Patient Screening” appointment with one of the Practice Nurses. This will allow the Practice Nurse to collect essential information on your past medical history, current health status and regular repeat prescription.
You may print off a registration form, fill it out and bring it in with you on your first visit to the practice.
Preference of Practitioner
Patients are registered with the Practice, not with an individual GP. For administrative reasons, your medical card will be issued in the name of one of the doctors; however, you can at any time express a preference for a particular doctor, for either all of your medical needs or on a case-by-case basis. This preference will be recorded in your medical notes and we will do our best to respect your choice. However, not all the doctors in the Practice provide all services and specific doctors in the Practice may not be immediately available.
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.
Who is entitled to free health care treatment from the NHS?
You are entitled to free necessary treatment from the NHS if you are either:
- a full time student from any country on a course for more than 6 months
- studying on a course of any duration which is substantially funded by the UK Government
- from a country which is part of the European Union (EU) *
- from a country which is not from the European Union (EU) that has a bilateral agreement
- the husband or wife of any of the above and living here whilst your wife or husband is a student
- a dependent of any of the above: A dependent is any child under 16 or under 19 if in full time education
- More information and a list of countries with bilateral arrangements can be found at the Department of Health website.
* If you are a student from another country in the European Union, here for less than 6 months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which must be obtained from your home country.
Will I need health care insurance?
If you are not covered by any of the above it is advisable to ensure you have adequate health care insurance as payment will be necessary if you receive any health care in this country.
The following services are free of charge for everyone:
Emergency treatment in any Accident and Emergency department
- Emergency treatment in any NHS Walk-in Centre providing Accident and Emergency type services
- Treatment for certain infectious diseases
- Compulsory psychiatric treatment
- Family planning services (sexual health)