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You need to complete a form to register as an NHS patient. You can download the form here or complete it at the practice.
When you have completed and returned the form, your local NHS Commissioning Board Area Team will transfer your medical records to your new practice and write to you to confirm your registration as a patient with that practice.
Parents or guardians can register a baby at a practice by completing and presenting the form, which is issued at the same time as a birth certificate.
A practice cannot refuse you unless it has reasonable grounds for doing so. These must not relate to race, gender, social class, age, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, disability, or a medical condition. It must also give you reasons for its decision in writing. However, you may be refused if you are living outside the practice’s catchment area or the practice is generally not accepting new patients at the time because its list is closed. Find out if your local GP practice is currently accepting new patients.
You can register with a GP practice as a temporary resident under certain circumstances – when you are in an area for more than 24 hours but less than three months.