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Register as a New Patient

We will register any patient living in the IG10 postcode area dependent on capacity.

New patients can either Register Online via NHS.UK, or complete a registration form and health questionnaire which are available from reception in Pyrles Lane.

Once completed please attend reception between 9:00 and 16:00 Tuesday to Thursday so that a receptionist will be able available to photocopy your documents and check through your forms. If you are aged over 16 or over you will also be asked to use our health check machine for blood pressure check and BMI measurement, you may also be asked to attend a new patient medical check once registration is completed.

Your registration will be with the Practice, not with an individual doctor, though should you express a preference we will endeavour to meet your needs.

Medical treatment is available from the date your registration is approved, this may take up to 28 days. If you would like further details on essential documentation for registration please call the surgery number and select option 3 to put you through to a member of our staff who will explain the process.

Temporary Registrations

If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice or 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 list 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.

Updating your Contact Details

It is important that you keep us informed of any changes in your personal contact details especially your mobile phone number and emergency contact details.

To provide us with your current information please complete a form which can be obtained from reception or use your NHS App messaging service to update your information.

Non English Speakers

These fact sheets have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. They cover issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.

Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups.

Open the leaflets in one of the following languages:

GP to GP Record Transfers (GP2GP)

It is very important that you are registered with a doctor at all times. When you register with us, your medical records will be removed from your previous doctor and forwarded to us via NHS England. It can take your paper records several weeks to arrive. 

With GP2GP transfers, your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner. 

The Forest Practice confirms that GP2GP transfers are already active and that we send and receive patient records via this system.