How to register with a GP practice

You have the legal right to choose a GP practice that best suits your needs.

Try comparing GP practices according to facilities, services, access and performance before you decide.

Ask friends, relatives and others you trust for their thoughts and recommendations.

The GP practice must accept you, unless there are reasonable grounds to refuse you.

These must not relate to race, gender, social class, age, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, disability or a medical condition.

It must also give you reasons for its decision in writing.

A GP practice may refuse to register you because:

  • it has no capacity to take on new patients
  • it may not be accepting patients that do not live within its practice boundary
  • in your particular circumstances, it may not be appropriate for you to register with a practice that’s a long way from where you live

Since January 2015 all GP practices in England have been free to register new patients who live outside their practice boundary area.

But it’s for a practice to decide at the point of registration whether it’s clinically appropriate and practical to register individual patients in that way.

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