1) Find your GP Surgery
First of all, find your nearest practice and phone to ask if they are accepting new patients. If you are under 16 you should be registered by your parents or carers, but you do have the choice to have a different doctor than the rest of your family.
You can also register with a GP on a temporary basis if you are staying somewhere for less than 3 months. You can also register temporarily if you move around the country and have no permanent address.
2) Fill out the forms
If they are accepting patients, head along to the surgery and say you want to register with the practice. You will be asked to fill out a registration form which will include questions such as your name and address, your date of birth, and if you are moving to a different GP practice the name and address of your previous GP.
Some GP surgeries will also ask to see proof of your identity. For example, they may ask to see:
- photo identity, such as your passport or driving licence
- proof of your address, such as a recent council tax bill or utility bill.
If you don’t have your ID on you that’s okay, most surgeries will allow you to take the form home to fill out, and you can bring your ID with you when you come back to the practice to hand your form in.
3) You're good to go!
If you are accepted then you’ll then be assigned a GP and can make appointments for that practice. If not, you will need to register with another GP practice in your area instead.
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