New Patient Registration
The Practice accepts patients onto the list if they reside within the boundaries of the defined catchment area. (See “Practice Area” above)
It can be an advantage for all the members of one family/household to be registered with the same practice and is worth bearing this in mind when you decide to join a particular practice.
Patients wishing to register with the Practice are now required to provide photo ID, either a current passport or a photo driving licence, plus one document providing proof of address e.g. bank statement/utility bill/council tax bill. If no photo ID is available then we will need a birth certificate in addition to proof of address.
For children we need a birth certificate plus a parent’s photo ID and proof of address.
When you register, the receptionist will give you Form GMS1 to complete. Your name, address and postcode, and your date of birth and, equally important, the name and address of your previous GP, and your address whilst registered with that doctor, will be required. The latter information is vital to enable us to obtain your medical records. The form also has a space to enter your telephone number, town and country of birth, NHS number and previous surname, if you had one.
It helps if you have your medical card available when you register, although this is not essential. (The card will contain your NHS number and the name and address of your previous GP).
When, after registration, you receive a new medical card, it will contain the name of one of the doctors working in the Practice. This is purely for administrative reasons and your registration is with the Practice as a whole. This means that you can choose to see any doctor within the Practice.
When you register you will be given a Practice leaflet containing some useful information about the day-to-day running of the surgery. You will also be given form Audit C to complete. This is a short questionnaire, which screens for Alcohol, and all GP practices are now encouraged to obtain this information as part of a Government initiative.
Also included in the New Patient Pack will be consent form for text messaging service and an invitation to join our Patient Participation Group.
Finally, we ask all new patients to book an appointment with one of our nursing staff for a general health assessment. This should take place within 3 months of registration, ideally earlier.
The main purpose of this appointment, which normally takes 20 minutes, is to gather information about your medical history, including medication you may be taking, vaccinations you have had or may require, allergies you may suffer from and any important medical aspects of your family history. There is also the opportunity to check your blood pressure, urine and take height and weight measurements. On some occasions, if indicated, the nurse will also take a blood sample.
Following the assessment by the Health Care Assistant/Nurse, some patients will be advised to book an appointment with one of the doctors.
Guide to GP Services
The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them. You can download the guide below.
A Patient Guide to GP Services