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Registering with a GP practice

A new campaign has been launched to encourage people to make sure they are registered with their local GP. The move is aimed at highlighting the benefits of having your name on the surgery’s books and also easing pressure on hospital services.

The benefits of being registered are that patients can access urgent care when needed and will also be notified by the surgery when they need vital screening or vaccination checks. Over time, surgery staff get to know their registered patients and this gives them a greater understanding of not just their patients’ health but also general information about their lives and things that may be affecting their health and wellbeing.

Anyone can register for free at GP practices in England, this includes people who are asylum seekers, refugees, homeless people or an overseas visitor.

The NHS website, www.nhs.uk, gives details of surgeries close to people’s homes and they can then go on to the surgery website and register online.

A flyer with useful information about registering with a GP is available here.