No matter if it is the first time when you are registering with an NHS GP or simply you’ve just moved house, to register with one of the GPs you will need to follow these steps:
Fill out the GMS1 form and bring it to your GP surgery or check if they accept online registration. Due to the COVID-19, many surgeries started to enrol in an online system for registration.
Things you don’t need to register to NHS GP
No, anyone who lives in England can register with an NHS GP surgery free of charge.
To register with your local NHS GP you will be required to fill out the GMS1 form. Your local GP surgery might also ask you to fill out additional forms that are specific to their operations.
You do not need proof of ID when registering with an NHS GP. It might be helpful to have one of the following documents:
Even though legally you are not required to show a proof of your ID during registration, it might be handy to have one of mentioned document with you whilst you registering with your local GP surgery.
All medical records will be transferred to your new GP surgery during the registration process. GP’s use GP2GP to transfer the digital medical records of patients.
When filling out the GMS1 form (also known as the NHS GP registration form), you will be asked about your previous GP details so your new GP surgery can identify you and your records quicker.
No, you can only be registered with one practice at a time. You might be allowed to sign up with a temporary GP while away for work or study and you can’t access your local GP.
To register with your local GP practice you will need to contact the GP surgery that serves your area.
You might be asked to fill out the online form placed on the surgery site or visit the GP practice in person to fill out the GMS1 form.
During the registration, you are not required to have proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.
After you have completed filling out the form you will be registered with the local GP surgery within approx 2 weeks' time.
The process of filling out the registration form should take you no longer than 15 minutes, following this you can hand your form to the receptionist at your selected GP surgery or send your online registration.
Once this is done the process of registration can take up to 10-14 days depending on the individual practice policies.
After this time, you should receive a registration confirmation letter to your home address provided within the registration form. If you’ve registered for the first time for the GP surgery you will also see your NHS number at the top of the letter.
If you can’t wait that long to see a GP you should seek alternatives such as:
Yes, you can register without having a proof of fixed address however it might be helpful if you have one of the following:
If you are homeless, you can also provide a temporary address such as a friend’s address, a day centre or the GP surgery address.
In case you don’t know or can’t remember which surgery you’ve been signed to, provide your new GP practice with any previously remembered GP details. Based on this information your new practice will be able to search through your history and match your historical medical records.
Anyone in England can register with a GP practice. You’ll not be asked about your NI number or employment status during the NHS GP registration.
To register with a local GP surgery you do not need to have proof of ID, however having a document such as an ID, Passport or Birth certificate can help and speed up the process.
The NHS number is your patient ID number. The NHS number contains 10 digits.
There are a few ways you can find your NHS number.
To get an NHS number you will need to register with the GP surgery that is serving in your area. Visit our NHS registration guide page to find out more about how to register and what you will need to do so.
Many GP surgeries allow two methods to register with them. These include:
Registering in person - you will be required to travel to your local GP surgery and fill out all forms
Registering online - you will be required to fill out the online form placed on your GP surgery website. NHS GP websites and forms are secure and protected, meaning you will not need to worry about your details being leaked.
The GP surgery registration process might vary between different GP practices.
Nowadays, more and more GP surgeries accept online registrations. If your GP practice allows online registration you will be asked to fill out the online form placed on their website.
If you are not sure whether your selected NHS GP surgery accepts online registration, contact them by phone, email or check their website for details.
Registering online is a great way to speed up the process as no GP surgery visit will be required.
Yes, you can register with a GP without your NHS number. If for any reason you don’t know or don’t remember your NHS number, your GP surgery will be able to find you in the system during the registration process. You might be asked to provide information about previous GP surgery you registered with so they can easier identify you.
At the same time, if it is the first time you are registering with NHS GP surgery, you will receive your new NHS number on your registration completion letter that will be delivered to your home address.
As a student, you are eligible for free healthcare if you come to the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time course at the university and if your course lasts longer than 6 months.
When you arrive at your place of study you should register with one of the closest GP surgeries as soon as possible. The NHS doctors are fully trained to provide you with advice and diagnosis to the most common illnesses or refer you further to more specialised NHS medical services.
To register at one of the GP surgeries you should visit their reception during operating hours. For your registration visit you should take with you:
During the registration process, you will be added to the NHS patient list and receive your NHS number. This will allow you to receive free healthcare in the United Kingdom.
If you are a woman and would prefer to be assigned with a female doctor, it is recommended you specify that during scheduling the appointment.
To register as a temporary patient with a GP you should contact selected NHS GP surgery. If you are away from home and require treatment for more than 14 days you will be allowed to register as a temporary patient.
Temporary resident status at one of the GP practices will help you to obtain suitable care for up to 3 months. During that time, you will continue to be registered with your usual GP surgery.
NHS England keeps a list of all patients, including details of which GP practice each patient is registered with. This is the legal duty of the organisation.
To find out which GP surgery you are registered with, you should first find your NHS number.
Once you have your NHS number ready you can contact the 111 number which serves non-urgent queries, non-life threatening injuries as well as provides general advice.
During the NHS GP registration process, you might have questions about whether you or someone from your family is eligible for free medical services in the United Kingdom.
At Medicspot, we understand that accessing GP should be easy and effective, providing a high level of service and quick solution to your medical condition.
If you are currently in the process of registering with the new NHS GP but require urgent medical care, our team offers private GP appointments for as little as £49 which allows you to access GP via video consultation from the comfort of your home without affecting your already opened GP registration process with one of the local surgeries.