Out of Area Registration
Patients may approach any GP practice, even if they live outside the practice area.
GP practices have the option to register patients who live outside the practice area with no obligation to provide home visits.
Out of area registration is voluntary for GP practices meaning patients may be refused because they live out of the area.
If your application is considered the GP practice will only register you if it is clinically appropriate and practical in your individual case.
To do this we may:
- Ask you or the practice you are currently registered with questions about your health to help decide whether to register you in this way
- Ask you questions about why it is practical for you to attend this practice (for example, how many days during the week you would normally be able to attend)
If you were to develop an urgent illness or injury at home that means attending the GP surgery as normal would not be appropriate. If you require urgent medical services you should contact the practice in the first instance. If the practice determines that you need access to services local to where you live the practice may ask you to call NHS 111.
If urgent care services are required NHS 111 will direct you to a service that has been established by NHS England for patients such as you. This local service could be a GP practice near to where you live, the local walk-in or urgent care centre.
This arrangement only applies to GP practices and patients who live in England. For further information visit the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk