Joining the Practice

We are always happy to welcome new patients to join our practice list as long as you are resident within our boundary area. We keep a detailed map in reception, so if you are not sure of if you live within our catchment area (please see details of our catchment area below), just ask a receptionist for help.

Call in at reception (preferably not early in a morning when we are very busy), and bring some proof of identification with you – a photo ID and proof of address. If you have your NHS card, or know your NHS number, this is also helpful.  Complete the registration form (GMS1) fully, which is available here or can be obtained from the practice. This is a legal requirement and authorises the practice to obtain your medical history from your previous GP. Once you have been accepted as a patient your medical records will be transferred to us and a new medical card will be sent to your home address. You do not need to inform your existing practice that you are moving although it may be courteous to do so.  When you register you can express a preference for who you would like to see as your ‘usual Doctor’.

When you register, we will ask you to make an appointment if you are on an repeat medication.

Temporary Resident

If you are only in the area for a short time (more than 24 hours), you may register with the surgery as a temporary patient for up to 3 months. If you are staying for a longer period of time, you will be required to register with the surgery in the usual way.

Catchment Area

Lower Gornal Medical Practice

Our Practice Boundary Map can be viewed here.

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    Named GP for every patient
    Every patient in our practice has a named/usual GP who will be accountable for their care, although patients have the choice to see different doctors.

    Mobile Numbers
    Please check we have your mobile numbers on record so we can send you appointment reminders. You can also use the service to cancel your appointments.

    Pharmacy First
    Your local Pharmacy can give you help and advice about your health and well-being. Minor conditions can often be dealt with by a pharmacist without a prescription and without the need to see a doctor. They may be able to advise you on the most suitable treatment, which may include an over-the-counter medicine.

    Electronic Prescriptions
    Your prescriptions can now be sent electronically from the surgery to your nominated pharmacy.

    This means you will not have to make a return journey to the surgery to collect your paper repeat prescription. Simply order your prescription in the usual way. Your medication will be ready for collection from the pharmacy usually within 2-3 working days.

    Speak to a member off staff at the surgery or a pharmacy.

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