If you are ill whilst a long way from home and unable to get to your own GP practice in a reasonable time or if you are not registered with a GP but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to permanently register with that practice.
Please note that patients who are living outside the catchment area for more than 3months, this includes living abroad, will be expected to re-register with a GP practice in their new area. If you are found not to be living at your registered address we will write to you for confirmation that you are still resident in our area. If you can not supply us with evidence you still live in the catchment area you will be de-registered and expected to re-register within your new area.
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.
Please remember that for any repeat prescriptions you can contact your own GP to send an electronic prescription to most Chemists within England. This is safer than requesting as a temporary patient as we will not have access to your previous medical records.
Download the Temporary Resident Registration Form