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Registering with a GP Practice

Application Form to Register Permanently with a General Medical Practice.
Click on this link GMSGPR001 (05-2013) to launch a copy of the application form that you can complete online, print and take into the GP Practice.

Guidance
When you need to register with a new GP practice, these are the steps that you will need to follow to make sure that your new GP practice has all your medical history and your medical records.  If this is your first registration with a GP practice in the UK, medical records from outwith the United Kingdom will not be traced.

Eligibility to use NHS services depends mainly on residence in the UK. You can only register with a GP Practice if you are staying in the area for more than three months. If you are not, you may still be treated, but as a Temporary Resident. For more information on entitlement to NHS General Medical Services please visit Health Rights Information Scotland at www.hris.org.uk.

Step 1: Find your nearest local GP Practice.

Use the Find Your Local Services on the NHS 24 website www.nhs24.com to locate your nearest GP practice.

Please note that these results are for guidance only. Even though a GP practice is highlighted from your post code search, your address may not be served by that GP practice (and you may not be able to register with that GP practice).

If you do not have access to the internet you can telephone NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.

Step 2: Once you have found your nearest GP Practice, telephone or call in person to make an enquiry to find out whether the GP Practice can accept you as a patient.

Step 3: If they can accept you as a patient you will be asked to make an appointment to register.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • Proof of identity
  • Evidence of your new address

Step 4: When you attend the GP Practice for your appointment you will be asked to complete an 'Application to Register with a General Medical Practice' form. Alternatively you can complete the application form and bring it with you to your appointment. You can find a link to the form at the top of this page.

You will be required to provide information including your name, address, your date of birth, your current and previous addresses and full details of the GP practice you were previously registered with.

What if the practice doesn’t accept me?

Sometimes, you may not be able to register with a GP practice, for example, if:

  • you live outside the area that the practice covers
  • the practice is not accepting new patients

You will need to register with another GP practice in your area instead.

It is also important to note that you can only register with a GP Practice if you are staying in the area for more than three months. If you are not, you may still be treated but as a Temporary Resident. For more information on being treated as a Temporary Resident please contact your nearest GP Practice.