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How to register with a GP or family doctor

It's important to register with your GP to make sure you get the appropriate health and care support.



Register with a GP

It's important to register with your GP and to make sure they have all the correct contact details for you. If you are a carer your GP can help if you let them know that you are looking after someone at home. Find out how to register here. Please note that you do not need ID to register with a GP practice and you cannot be refused on those grounds.

How to change your GP

To compare GPs you might want to take a look at the www.nhs.uk website where you can enter your postcode and it will show you all your nearest GP practices and reviews from patients.

Each GP practice also has their own website and you might want to take a look there to check things like the practice boundary, opening times and online services. To read NHS guidance on changing a GP, click here.

Register for online GP access so that you can book/cancel appointments, order prescriptions and view your medical record/test results

Registering for online access at your GP practice should be straightforward. If you have any problems, please speak to a member of staff at your GP practice. Click here to see more about online services. You can access lots of useful tools by using the NHS app too, click here for more information. If you don’t have access to the internet, or if you need support to use the internet, your local library runs basic computer courses and has computers available for public use.


More information

Are you an asylum seeker, refugee, a homeless patient or an overseas visitor, whether lawfully in the UK or not? Download these leaflets and be more aware of your rights to register with your GP.


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