If you are ill while away from home e.g. working, studying or on holiday, or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one, you can receive emergency treatment from a local GP practice for up to 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or a permanent patient.
You will still remain registered with your permanent GP, but you can see your temporary GP for up to three months. After 3 months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
Try to have the following information with you when you see your temporary GP for the first time:
- details of any medical conditions that you have
- details of any medical conditions that you've had in the past
- the names of any medications that you're currently taking
- details of anything you're allergic to
- contact details for your permanent or previous GP
Your temporary GP will pass details of any treatment you have to your permanent GP, who will add the information to your medical records
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
Download a Temporary registration form here