GP practices are the first point of contact with the NHS for most patients. A GP practice is a team of health professionals, led by GPs, who look after all the physical, mental and social aspects of you and your family’s health.
Through your GP practice you can receive a wide range of services, including:
- Consultations and advice about your health
- Prescriptions for medicines
- Tests to diagnose what is wrong with you
- A referral to a specialist service
- Monitoring and care for any long term health problems.
- Screening, vaccinations and advice to help prevent health problems or diagnosing them as early as possible.
The population in the UK is ageing and growing. As people get older and because of the lifestyles we lead, people have more medical problems. This means there are more people needing the care of their GP practice.
Practices are increasingly working in new ways nowadays to make sure everyone gets the care they need from a suitably qualified healthcare professional, as quickly as possible.
In this section, you can learn how local practices are doing this, what you can expect and how this affects you as a patient.
Not registered with a GP?
If you are not yet registered with a local GP practice, you should do so as soon as possible to ensure that you can receive medical treatment when you need it. Don’t wait until you are ill.
How to register with a GP practice
How to register
1. Find a GP that you would like to register with and contact them to ask permission.
2. They will usually ask you to complete a form giving details such as:
- your name and address
- your date of birth
- you NHS number (if you know it)
- other information, such as the name and address of you previous GP
3. You will need to take the form into your chosen GP practice. Some GP surgeries will also ask to see proof of your identity.
4. You will be sent a letter confirming that you have been registered. Your medical records will then be transferred.
Everyone has the right to register
- You don’t need to provide a fixed address
- Identification is not mandatory
- Anyone can see a GP even if you are visiting the country
Finding a GP
You can find your nearest GP using the NHS “Find services” directory
Alternatively, call NHS 111
Healthwatch also offers a signposting service to give you information and help you to find out about the choices available to you. You can find out more here
How to Register with a GP (Alternative Languages)
GP Registration Officers
Our GP Registration Officers are available to help you with any questions or support you may need to register with your local GP.
Contacting our GP Registration Officers
They are able to assist you with:
- Finding your local GP practice
- Assistance with completing your registration form
- Answering any questions you may have about the process and what happens next
You can contact our GP Registration Officers between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday
GP registration engagement events
If you need help registering with a GP come down to one of our GP registration community engagement events.
GP registration engagement dates
- Sunday 12th September – St Paul’s RC Church (Polish), Wakerley Rd, Leicester LE5 4WE 16.30-18.15
- Monday 13th September – Active Wesley Hall Food Bank, 76 Hartington Road, Leicester LE2 0GN 12.30-14.30
- Tuesday 14th September – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Emergency Department 11am-2pm
- Monday 20th September – Community Engagement with Vista Blind, Mobile support service at Humberstone gate (near Barclays) City Centre, 10.00-12.30
- Friday 24th September – Community Engagement at Bombay Supermarket, 98 Melton Road LE4 5DD 2-5pm
- Sunday 26th September – Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara, 106 East Park Road 12-2pm
- Monday 27th September – Emergency Department 09:30-12pm
- Friday 1st October – Yours Supermarket, 203 Belgrave Gate, Leicester LE1 3HT 2-5pm
- Sunday 3rd October – Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Holy Bones 11-1pm
- Thursday 7th October – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Emergency Department 2-6pm
- Friday 15th October – Community Engagement Asda Fosse Park, Narborough Rd S, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2LL 12-2pm
- Sunday 24th October – Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara, 106 East Park Road 12-2pm
- Tuesday 26th October – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Emergency Department 11am-2pm