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How to register with a GP surgery

Anyone can register with a GP surgery.

You do not need proof of address or immigration status.

You might be able to register with a GP surgery that's not in the area you live. Find out about registering with a GP surgery out of your area

Registering with a GP

Find a GP that suits what you need. You can look up GP surgeries to see what they offer and how they compare.

You will need to fill in a form to register with a GP. You can ask the GP surgery for help filling in the form if you need it.

You can:

Can a GP surgery refuse to register me?

A GP surgery can refuse to register you because:

  • they are not taking any new patients
  • you live outside the practice boundary and they are not accepting patients from out of their area
  • you have been removed from that GP surgery register before
  • it's a long way from your home and you need extra care, for example home visits

If you have problems registering with a GP surgery, call the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33.

Changing GP surgeries

You can change your GP surgery if you need to.

This might be because:

  • you have moved
  • you have had problems with your current practice
  • you were removed from the patient list

You should tell the GP surgery if you change address or move out of the area.

Registering with a GP under the Mental Capacity Act

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower people over 16 who are unable to make decisions about their care and treatment.

If a person is unable to register with a GP because they cannot make decisions about their care, registration can be done by:

  • a relative
  • the main carer
  • a lasting power of attorney
  • a person appointed by a court under the Mental Capacity Act

Using a GP surgery you're not registered with

You can contact any GP surgery if you need treatment and:

  • you're away from home
  • you're not registered with a GP surgery
  • it's a medical emergency

You might need to register as a temporary resident or permanent patient if you need treatment for more than 14 days.

You can register as a temporary resident for up to 3 months. You’ll still be registered with your usual GP surgery if you have one.

Page last reviewed: 21 March 2019
Next review due: 21 March 2022