I miss my old doctor’s office! If wishes were horses, I’d carry my old GP surgery with me when I moved house. When I first had to register with my GP; I was over prepared. I had all they needed and in 48 hours, I was free to book an appointment for a nurse visit, doctor visit and PAP smear. All of which were done within the first month of my move.
My new GP was not as accommodating and this is why I am writing this guide. The fact that I have never been to the clinic since I registered should give you an idea of how it went down.
The NHS is one of the exemplary health systems in the world and is funded by the taxpayer. I was impressed that it was showcased at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. I have a bias to anything health related but I know that the United Kingdom is rightly proud of this great health system.
That said, we are moving on to a more critical issue; registering with your local GP surgery (from public information fliers).
First Things First
- Identify a GP surgery / health centre that is convenient for you
- Is your home address in their catchment area? (they usually have a Google catchment area map or you can call them)
- Find out when they do registration for new patients (you may need to make an appointment)
- Fill in the application form (NHS Family Doctor Services Registration GMS1)
- Fill in a new patient questionnaire about pre-existing medical conditions
- Organise the required documents (in original format) -save yourself the heartache and do it their way
Proof of Identification
At least one of the following;
- NHS Card (if you are moving surgeries)
- Full UK Driver’s Licence
- Birth Certificate
Proof of Address
Two or more (depends on your area’s immigration reputation IMO) originals of the following;
- Mortgage agreement •Council tax bill •Housing association tenancy agreement (We used tenancy agreement)
- Utility bill (gas, electric, water, telephone)
- A current account bank statement (showing one month’s transactions)
- TV licence (paper not online version)
- Car insurance certificate or car registration document
- Benefits letter showing entitlements
- Pay slip showing current address
- Full driving licence showing current address
- Building or contents Insurance policy
**documents not older than a year ***The lady I dealt with wanted all my documents in colour. To be fair, she was only doing her job.
- After 48 hours, you should be able to book an appointment
- Medical cards arrive within a month
Tell me how your GP registration went down; smooth, rocky or downright horrible?