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. 

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