How to register with a doctor

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WHAT IS a GP

General Practicioner or a GP is a doctor in your local area. They have their own practice outside of the hospital. GPs provide general health care and advice and if they are unable to help they will refer you to another professional or to a hospital for specifcic tests or treatments.

WHY SHOULD I REGISTER WITH A GP

  • a GP can see you quickly if you’re unwell although you still need to make an appointment
  • You may also need a GP referral for specialist treatments
  • a GP will advise you about any additional or specialist treatment you might need

HOW TO REGISTER WITH A GP

  • register with a GP as soon as you find a place to live
  • find a practice in your local area and ask to be registered
  • you will be asked to complete a registration form
  • you’ll need to provide your name, address, date of birth and your NHS number if you have one (see below for an example of an actual form)

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

  • registration is free
  • most common services are free
  • special treatments such as vaccinations are NOT free
  • perscriptions are NOT free

 


Everyone has a right to be registered with a GP


 

WHAT A REGISTRATION FORM LOOK LIKE

 

 

HOW TO CHANGE GP PRACTICE

 
✔️ you have a right to change without having to give a reason

✔️ You do not need to inform your current GP, although it would be helpful

✔️Find a new GP

✔️Apply for registration, your medical records will be automatically transferred to your new practice

 

 

SUMMARY

On arrival to the UK you should register with a GP and a dentist.

Find a practice that covers the area where you live. Most GPs and dentists accept NHS patients but it is their decision whether they will sign you on a list. You will be asked to fill in a registration form and may have to provide I.D. and a proof of address (official document with your name and address such as a utility bill). If you do not qualify they may offer you registration as a private patient, in which case you will have to pay for your treatments.


You have the right to change your GP without giving a reason


NHS patients generally do not pay for treatments only for prescriptions. Not all dentist treatments are free but help with the cost is available. You can ask at the reception and they will help you with the forms. Cost of all treatments should be clearly explained to you. (following video courtesy of INTOstudy.com)

 

You can find a practice in your area by visiting the official NHS website here  and simply typing in your postcode.

See WHERE TO GET A TREATMENT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A GP.

 

Related Topics

Glossary

WHAT DOES IT MEAN   GP – general practice/your local doctor Inpatient – patient hospitalised for more than 24 hours NHS– National Health Service/publicly funded health care system in the UK Outpatient – patient who does not require overnight stay at the hospital   video courtesy of ‘Learn English with Let’s Talk’ via YouTube     Read More

Useful Websites and Sources

NHS website where you can search for health advice, health and emergency services, care and support and more Citizens Advice Bureau official website  for advice on healthcare, patients’ rights, how to register with a GP and more.

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