New Patients

Register as New Patient

If you live in our practice area and would like to register with us, please ask at reception for our registration forms.

Whilst patients have to the right to express a preference of GP they see, we do expect patients to see the same doctor consistently as this provides continuity of care, which has proven to be in the patient’s best interst.

The GP Partners at Downlands Medical Centre manage their own patient lists and we therefore ask that you deal with your own registered Doctor wherever possible. If your Doctor is absent there may be a Locum GP seeing patients or one of the other Partners may deal with urgent requirements which cannot await the return of your own Doctor.

Click on the map to open the full catchment area.. Enter your Postcode in the top right hand corner to confirm your address is within our catchment area.


Online 'Pre-Registration' with the practice

If you wish to pre-register click on the image below to open the relevant new patient registration form which you can then print. Please bring the completed forms to the surgery. Anyone in England can register with a GP surgery.

You do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

Please also print and complete a GMS1 form in all cases.

Please note appointments cannot be booked until you have fully registered with the practice as a new patient. We need 7-10 days to complete the registration process.

Temporary Patient Registrations

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:

Disabled Patient Facilities

Our surgery is at ground level, providing easy access from the High Street. Disabled toilet facilities are also provided.