Registering with a local doctor
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If you move to a new area it is always advisable to register with a local general practitioner (GP) practice as soon as you arrive, particularly if you already have health problems which are likely to need medical treatment at any time.
And being registered with a GP right now means that, even if you are currently in good health, you will experience less delays in getting treatment if you do become unwell.
Normally you will need to make an appointment with a GP surgery and have a medical before you register with them.
If you don't know where your local GPs are based then the NHS website allows you to search for GP surgeries in your area. You can then check what services they offer, and how other patients have rated them.
If you have ever experienced the frustration of having to wait on the phone to book an appointment with your GP then you may be interested to know that many surgeries now allow you to book your appointments online via the NHS website or the NHS App.
You may also be able to order repeat prescriptions online, view your medical records, or get the results of medical tests.
You can find out more on the NHS website.
The NHS App
NHS England is rolling out an app which you can download onto your smartphone. With this, once your GP practice is fully connected with the NHS app, registered patients can use the service to book and manage appointments at their GP practice, order repeat prescriptions, view their medical record, register as an organ donor and choose whether the NHS can use their data for research and planning. Work is on-going and new capabilities such as video-consultations are earmarked for the future.
You can go to your App store and download them from here:
The GP at hand service, is an online service via your smartphone or tablet where you can see NHS GPs when you need them, wherever you are. Anyone can switch their registered NHS GP practice to them and they will be guide you based on your specific circumstances. There are some patient conditions and characteristics for which this service may not be appropriate. If you have any concerns, please seek advice before registering.
** Please note registering with this service will register you with their clinics in Fulham and de-register you from your local GP surgery **
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have produced a leaflet on what standards you can expect from your GP, and what to do if you receive poor quality care.