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.
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.
Download the Temporary Resident Registration Form
The temporary GP surgery will pass details of any treatment you have to your permanent GP surgery. They will add the information to your medical records.
If your application to become a temporary patient is refused, you can still receive emergency treatment for up to 14 days.