New Patients

Register as a New Patient

Our practice list is currently open to new patient registrations. 

All individuals wishing to register with Coatham Surgery as a permanent patient will be required to complete a New Patient Registration Form and a Health Questionnaire (online versions available below).

If you are over 16, we would like to invite you to book an appointment for a new patient health check. This will include a blood pressure check, height, weight and lifestyle advice.

Additional Documentation

It is practice policy to request identification from all new patients as this will ensure the correct matching of details to the NHS Central Registry. The practice has a list of examples of acceptable identification. Registration documents will be stored securely in the patient’s paper medical record. The practice will photocopy any identification provided and once the application is successfully processed, they will be securely destroyed.

If an individual is unable to provide any supporting documents upon registration then reasonable exceptions will be considered and the individual will be registered with sensitivity to their situation.

The inability to provide identification will not result in the delay or refusal to register at the practice.

Practice Boundary

Coatham Surgery has a Practice Boundary and anyone wishing to register as a patient needs to reside within the boundary or for temporary patients be temporarily resident at an address in the practice area.

Any existing patient who moves to an address outside the practice boundary will be required to register at another practice. Homeless or individuals with no fixed abode will be able to register with Coatham Surgery, and arrangements will need to be put in place to be able to contact the patient with results.

Coatham Surgery does not discriminate in the registering of new patients on the grounds of race, gender, social class, age, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, disability or medical condition. Refusal to accept an application to register will not be made without reasonable grounds (e.g. the patient lives outside the practice area or if the practice list is closed to new patients.)

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

Disabled patient facilities are also available at this practice.

Free car parking - You will need to enter your vehicle registration number onto the tablet in reception.  Failure to do so will result in a penalty charge.

We have toilets with disabled access.