Join the practice
If you live within our Practice catchment area you are welcome to register with us and our Reception staff will be happy to guide you through the procedure. Eligibility can be quickly confirmed from your address so it would help if you could provide proof by way of a recent utility bill.
You will need to complete a registration form (GMS1) and a health questionnaire which will provide useful information whilst we wait for your medical records to arrive from your previous doctor. Both of these forms can be collected from reception at the surgery.
All new patients are offered a health check with a member of the healthcare team to ensure that any required tests are up to date and that we have an accurate note of any repeat medication you may be taking.
Medical treatment is available from the date of registration. Please contact reception for further information.
Information on our catchment area can be found at: https://www.primarycare.nhs.uk/publicfn/catchment.aspx?oc=D83028&h=100%&if=0
In order to register at the surgery you can either collect a registration pack from reception, or complete the forms below.
New Patient Questionnaire - Under 16's
Please complete this New Patient Questionnaire if you wish to register a patient under the age of 16.
To register your child at The Leiston Surgery, we will need to see proof of identification in the form of their Birth Certificate.
This can be scanned and emailed to us or brought in to the practice.
Do not forget to also complete the 'New Patient Registration Form (GMS1) and return alongside your questionairre.
New Patient Questionnaire - Over 16's
Please complete this New Patient Questionnaire if you are over 16 years old and wish to register with Leiston Surgery.
Please note in order to register you must also provide 2 proofs of identification (photographic ID and proof of address), you can use 2 of the following:
- Photo Identification;
- Driving licence
- Birth Certificate (if no photo ID)
- Utility Bill
- Property agreement
- Bank Statement
These can be scanned and emailed to us or brought in to the practice.
Do not forget to also complete the 'New Patient Registration Form (GMS1)' and return alongside your questionnaire.
Out of Area Patient Registrations
Leiston Surgery is pleased to advise that it can accept registration requests from patients who do not live in the catchment area.
Since January 5th 2015, all GP practices in England have been free to register new patients who live outside their practice boundary area.
This means you can register with a GP practice somewhere that's more convenient for you, such as a practice near your work or closer to your children’s schools. This will give you greater choice and aims to improve the quality of access to GP services
Having your choice of GP is very important. Knowing you can get an appointment when you need it is a priority for most people.
How can I register if I live out of the area?
You will need to request to register in writing, explaining your situation and reasons for wanting to register with us if you live out of area. Once your request has been received, you will receive a letter from us explaining the details of out of area registrations.
If your registration request is accepted, you will need to complete a registration form (GMS1) and a health questionnaire which will provide useful information whilst we wait for your medical records to arrive from your previous doctor. Both of these forms can be collected from reception at the surgery.
Do we accept all out of area registration requests?
No, the practice will decide, following a review of your completed registration form, whether to accept you as a regular patient or accept you without home visiting duties (if it is clinically appropriate and practical for you to be registered away from home).
The GPs may feel that if you have complex care needs you would be better suited to remain with a GP closer to your home so that continuity of care is provided when home visits are necessary.
If you have a child/children who are still under the care of the health visitor we may also decline your request to ensure that we adhere to our safeguarding policies.
You will be notified and given 30 days to register at a more local practice to you if we are unable to maintain you as patients on our practice list.
Will I get home visits?
Because of the greater distance to your home, our GPs are not obliged to offer you a home visit. This is why those with more complex care needs are not encouraged to register out of area.
However, if your health is usually well managed and you unexpectedly need a home visit it will be provided - just not by our GPs here.
If you have been accepted to register with the Leiston Surgery and need a home visit then simply call NHS 111.
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 for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to 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.
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: