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How to register with your local GP (2019)
To obtain healthcare from an NHS GP (General Practitioner) you need to be registered with a practice. In this post learn how you can register with your local GP.
Registering with your local GP surgery is an easy process, but there are some considerations to make. Listen below to hear how, or watch the video at the end of this post to see more. In summary:
You need a GMS 1 form. You can obtain this from your practice, or download from the nhs.uk site here. An example is below:
GMS 1 form front
When completing the form, complete all relevant sections on the first page:
The top of the back of the GMS 1 form is completed by the practice (not the patient).
The final section on the back is relevant if you are an ordinary resident (normally living abroad or visiting England) to confirm the level of care you may receive.
Other ways to fill the form are to access it via your practice website.
Reasons a practice may not register you:
Sometimes a practice may not be able to register you. This would be if :
You may be asked to provide photographic ID or proof of address. This is not compulsory but recommended as it can help speed up the registration process. This includes:
Also, providing a copy of your repeat medications can make a new registration easier.
The GMS 1 form is different from the temporary registration form and provides a different service.
To find which practices you can register with ask local residents, community leaders, housing support teams or use the nhs.uk website here.
You can register via the NHS app.
This is the gateway to health services and enables you to register with a practice quickly via your smartphone device.
The NHS app also allows you to:
Further functionality is due in the next few years and some areas may have extra services.
Other companies can provide you with health care via an app system. Companies like Babylon,(including their GP at Hand system), Push Doctor, QDoctor and Livi all use apps to register patients. Some claims that you can be registered and see a patient within 10 minutes.
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Thanks for reaching out to us!
Generally one of our patients can see a Dr in as little as 10 mins, form downloading the app.
If we can help with anything else - please let us know
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Further guidance on how to register with your local GP can be found on the nhs.uk website here.
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