New Patient -Online Registration

Online New Patient Registration

How to register with a GP surgery

Anyone in England can register with a GP surgery to access NHS services. It's free to register.

You do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

GP surgeries are usually the first contact if you have a health problem. They can treat many conditions and give health advice. They can also refer you to other NHS services.

How it works

Most people need to register with a surgery close to where they live.

You can use the Find a GP service to look for a surgery.

In the search results you can see:

  • if a GP surgery is currently accepting patients
  • reception opening times
  • reviews of the surgery

Do I need ID or proof of address?

No, you do not need ID, an NHS number or proof of address to register.

Some GP surgeries ask for supporting documentation as it can:

  • help the surgery find your medical records or transfer them from your current GP
  • confirm that you live in the surgery's area (or "practice boundary") if they do not accept patients from outside this area

If you do not have a permanent address you can still register using a temporary address or the address of the GP surgery.

Online new patient registration

Can a GP surgery refuse to register me?

A GP surgery can refuse to register you if:

  • they're not accepting new patients
  • you live outside their area and they only accept patients inside this area
  • you have been removed from that surgery before

If a GP surgery refuses to register you, they must write to you within 14 days explaining why.

Flu vaccine for children

A annual nasal spray flu vaccine is now offered to all children aged two, three and four years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

In certain geographic areas the spray will also be offered to children aged 2-18 with long-term health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.  Please contact the surgery for further information if required.

Children aged six months to 2 years with long-term health conditions aren't able to have the nasal spray and will get the injected flu vaccine instead.

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