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 temporarily and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months has elapsed, it is your responsibility to re-register either as a temporary patient again for a further three months, or to register permanently.
We would point out that unless you register with us permanently, we would not have access to your medical records, therefore this could limit the amount of treatment and/or medication we can provide. We would always recommend that for safety purposes, if you are likely to be in the area for more than three months, that you register permanently.
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.