New Patients

Assignment to an accountable GP

The practice has a requirement to assign an ‘Accountable GP’ to all patients on the practice list. All patients will be assigned to a GP in the practice and this will be recorded on their medical record as their Usual GP’.

Patients will be advised of who their assigned Accountable Usual GP is when they join the practice. All currently registered patients are to be advised of their assigned Accountable/Usual GP in such a manner as is considered appropriate by the practice. In circumstances where a patient’s assigned Accountable/Usual GP is not able to carry out the duties of accountable GP for any significant period of time (other than normal periods of leave) then the practice will be required to assign patients to a replacement Accountable/Usual GP and to give patients notice of the assignment accordingly.

Should a patient express a preference as to which general medical practitioner within the practice they would prefer to have as their assigned Accountable/Usual GP then the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the request. Requests to change an assigned Accountable/Usual GP should be made in writing to the Practice Manager.

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.

Find your NHS number

Your NHS number is a 10 digit number, like 485 777 3456.

You do not need to know your NHS number to use NHS services, but it can be useful to have it.  You can use this online NHS finder tool to obtain your NHS number

NHS Services- Find your NHS Number

Other ways to get your NHS number

If you cannot get your NHS number online you can:

  • find it on any letter from the NHS like a prescription or appointment letter
  • call us at the GP surgery and ask us for your number

Non-English Speakers

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.

Open the leaflets in one of the following languages:

Disabled Patient Facilities

Disabled patient facilities are also available at this practice.

(Car park space, ramp, toilet etc).