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 register as a temporary resident if you are in the catchment area for longer than 24 hours but less than three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. Your temporary GP will pass details of any treatment you have to your GP, who will add the information to your medical records. 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.