Information for Patients residing outside of our Practice catchment area
From 5 January 2015, GP practices in England are free to register new patients who live outside their practice boundary area. This means that you are able to join practices in more convenient locations, such as a practice near your work, closer to your child’s school or even re-join your existing practice when you move home. However this new arrangement is voluntary for all GP practices and each Practice is able to make their own decision based on the personal arrangements for each patient application.
If we, at the practice have no capacity at the time of application, or feel it is not clinically or practically appropriate for you to be registered so far away from the Practice then we will, regrettably, refuse registration and we will explain our reasoning to you. Reasons we give for refusing registration, or for asking patients, who have moved out of the area, to register with a new Practice, include the practicalities and clinical safety around home visits, referral decisions for hospital tests and treatment and access to community based health services.
We hope you respect the decision that is made and the reasoning behind it, as patient safety is our upmost priority.