GP Services

Registering with a GP surgery

Contact the GP surgery and ask to register with them. They will ask you to complete a GMS1 registration form with details such as:

  • Your name and address
  • Your date of birth
  • Your NHS number (if you know it)
  • Other information, such as the name and address of your previous GP

They may also 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.

Once you have been accepted by the GP surgery your medical records will be transferred to the new surgery from your previous surgery.

Can I register with a specific GP?

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:

  • Wait longer to see your preferred GP
  • See someone else, for example, if your preferred GP is on holiday

What if the surgery doesn't accept me?

Sometimes, you may not be able to register with a GP surgery, for example, if:

  • You live outside the area that the surgery covers
  • The surgery is not accepting new patients

You will need to register with another GP surgery in your area instead.

Health checks

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 surgery 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.

Related information

NHS UK - GP services explained