From 1st April 2015, all of our patients have been allocated a named GP. Your named GP will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to you. This does not prevent you from seeing any GP in the practice, as you may currently choose to do. Neither does it guarantee you will see your named GP every time you visit the surgery or give you priority access over other patients to your named GP. It is important to note that access to GPs will be via our normal appointment system and will continue to be subject to the availability of individual doctors. We aim to offer “GP of choice” appointments where possible. Please ask a member of our reception team for more information.
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 if there is an available appointment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.