Registering with a local doctors surgery

Once you have a residential address in the UK, you should not delay registering with a local GP practice. Generally, this will be a practice near to where you live. To find out which catchment area you are residing in, simply go to the NHS website where you can search your post code for eligible practices near you. Alternatively get a recommendation from a neighbor or flat mate. Sometimes you may find that GP practices are full and have closed their patient register. If you cannot find a practice that can take you on, do contact the NHS or your borough of residence (for example Borough of Camden) directly. They will then allocate you to a practice. The final step is to make an appointment with your new GP to register formally. You will then receive an NHS number which you can pass on to your employer.

  1. Profile photo of Grumpy Man - Everatlas

    So basically a postcode lottery unless you have inside information as to how good a GP surgery is then?

  2. Profile photo of Kirsten-Everatlas Author
    Kirsten-Everatlas 2 years ago

    Yes, unfortunately, the NHS primary care service is so over-stretched that the best one can hope for is that the surgery of your choice still has openings for new patients. Alternatively, one can register with a private GP but they are rather expensive.

  3. Profile photo of Grumpy Man - Everatlas

    And popular or effective GPs will be oversubscribed I am sure. Are there rankings or information published on GP surgery performance?

    What redress do you have if you are dissatisfied with your GP ?

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