New Patient Registration


How to register

Once you have confirmed you live within our practice area, simply see our receptionist and ensure you have the following information:

  • Full name, including previous names
  • Date and place of birth
  • Last address
  • New address and post code
  • Last name and address of your previous Doctor
  • NHS number – it is not the same as your National Insurance number
  • Personal identification document (original) e.g. passport, driving licence
  • Proof of address e.g. utility bill, tenancy agreement

Registration Forms

You will need to complete an NHS (GMS1) Registration Form for each member of your household when you register in person. Copies are available from the Surgery and on this website.

As it takes a while for your medical records to transfer to our practice we also ask you to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire for each person being registered. This will help the doctors and nurses to manage your health needs before your medical records are sent to the practice.

To save time you can download all the forms you need to register from this website.

Download the NHS (GMS1) Registration Form (all new patients)
Download a personal history form for new patients (Student)
Download a personal history form for new patients (Adult: 14yrs + over)
Download a personal history form for new patients (Child: under 14yrs)

You will need to print a separate form for each member of your household who wishes to register as a patient with us.

Practice area

The Practice provides general medical services for the Durham City population. Our practice boundary includes the following areas:

  • Gilesgate
  • Belmont
  • Carrville
  • Sherburn Village
  • Merryoaks
  • Nevilles Cross
  • Framwellgate Moor
  • Pity Me
  • Shincliffe
  • Durham City Centre

To register as a new patient with the practice patients must reside within the defined practice boundary. If unsure, please check with reception.

Types of registration

It is important if you are living in the area for over 3 months and can provide the appropriate supporting documentation that you arrange permanent registration with the practice.

The practice will then have access to your medical records which is essential for our clinicians to provide you with the most appropriate treatment and care.  This may include referral to a health service where you lived previously.

If you need treatment and advice and are not permanently resident in Durham you may:

Register as a Temporary Resident for up to 3 months. This status is for acute medical conditions and not for the treatment of long term conditions.

New patient health check

Every patient registering with the practice will have the opportunity of a new patient consultation. The appointment gives you a chance to meet us, have your health checked and bring to light any ongoing medical problems or important past medical history, including continuing your medication.

Your appointment may be with your doctor, a practice nurse or the Health Worker.

  • We will ask you about the following:
  • Your past medical history (important illnesses and operations)
  • Ongoing medical problems
  • Medication
  • Family history
  • You will have your blood pressure taken and your urine will be tested. Occasionally other examinations or tests may be done if needed.

NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Services

We are working with the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Services to reduce the number of people who claim NHS Care fraudulently. We now require you to provide proof of identity and entitlement to NHS care. A copy of your proof of identify and entitlement to NHS care will be stored electronically in your Medical Records on our Computer System.

The following proofs of identity will be accepted (in preferred order):

  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Passport (including visa for stay in the UK)
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Photo Driving Licence
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • National Insurance Number Card
  • Evidence of benefit entitlement
  • Wageslip with employer details

YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR PROOF WITHIN 5 WORKING DAYS following completion of your registration application. Failure to provide the documentation will result in your application being rejected.

Change of details or address

If you change your name, address, or telephone number, please let our receptionists know by calling into the surgery where you will be given a form to complete. Patients may also update their contact details on-line using the “Patient Access” website.

If you move outside the practice area you will need to find a doctor in your new area. There are instructions on what to do when you move to a new area on the back of your NHS medical card.