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Choose the GP surgery that you want to register with and check it covers the area where you live.
You can find a GP near you on NHS Choices.
Contact the GP surgery and ask to register with them. They will usually ask you to complete a form called a GMS1 (PDF, 72kb), giving details such as:
Some GP surgeries will also ask to see proof of your identity, for example:
The GP surgery will send the GMS1 to the local clinical commissioning group (CCG), who will write to you confirming that you’re registered with the surgery. Your medical records will be transferred to the new surgery.
If you want to see a GP and are visiting an area for more than 24 hours but less than three months, you can apply to register with a GP surgery as a temporary resident. The application can be made using form GMS3.
The GP surgery may ask you for your NHS medical card or your NHS number. However, you don’t need either of these to register with a GP or to get NHS treatment.
When you register with a GP, some PCTs will send you a new NHS medical card. However, not all CCGs issue medical cards and some will only do so on request.
You will be registered with the GP surgery, rather than an individual GP.
If you prefer to see a specific GP, the surgery can note this in your records. However, you may have to:
When you register with a new GP surgery, you’ll be invited to make an appointment for a health check within six months.
Health checks are usually done by the practice nurse, who will ask you about your personal and family medical history. They will also ensure that any tests or checks you need are up to date, such as measuring your blood pressure or arranging cervical screening.
Sometimes, you may not be able to register with a GP surgery, for example if:
You will need to register with another GP surgery in your area instead.
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