To register with the practice each patient will need to complete a general medical services form available from Reception and bring in their medical card if they have one. These official documents give the practice the authority to request their medical records from their previous GP via the Health Authority.
Under the guidelines for Fraud prevention within the NHS we are also required to check patient identification. The following documents are suitable for this purpose:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- NHS Medical Card
- Valid UK driving licence (or provisional licence)
- Valid Passport
- Local authority rent card/Housing association card
- Utility Bills – Electricity, Gas, Council Tax, Telephone
- Bank or Building Society card or statement
- National Insurance Number Card
- Current payslip – not more than 3 months old
- Letter from Benefits Agency, benefit book or signing on card
- Correspondence from the Home Office
In all cases it is essential that we verify both the patient name AND address. Where a document shows both of these fields no additional document is needed. If the document shows only your name an additional document will be needed to verify your address.
We will also require a questionnaire for each member of the family who wish to register with the practice. This is included in the new patient registration pack available from Reception.
New patients (over 16 years old) are also invited to attend a new patient health check with one of the practices nurses within six weeks of their initial request to register with the practice.This health check usually takes approximately twenty minutes and covers general health as well as an opportunity to discuss any specific medical concerns you may have including prescribed medication.