Temporary Registration

If you are ill while away from home living abroad or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one, you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for up to three months. This will allow you to receive treatment from the local practice and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.

To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.

If you are already registered with a GP practice in the UK, are visiting, are on holiday in the area, need medical advice from a GP, are unwell or have forgotten your medication, please contact your own GP practice. All practices are now offering telephone and video consultation and can send prescriptions electronically to anywhere in the county. This means that your own GP, who knows you and your medical history is in a better position to help you rather than be seen here as a temporary patient.

Temporary Registration Form (2 pages)

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