A receptionist will ask you to fill in a form and will offer you a registration medical appointment with the practice nurse or doctor, if you wish one.
You will be registered with a particular GP at the practice for administrative purposes, but may consult any of the doctors. You are encouraged to keep to one doctor for a specific problem until its conclusion as this helps with continuity of care.
You will not become fully registered until you have called in at the Practice to sign the Registration Form.
Medical treatment is available from the date of registration. Please contact reception for further information.
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
A language line telephone interpreter service can be arranged, if required. NHS GGC no longer provides interpreter on-site unless consultation is expected to take more than 30 minutes.
The fact sheets below 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
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 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.
Download the Temporary Resident Registration Form
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