Doctors and Dentists

Doctors (General Practitioners)

On relocating to an area it is advisable to approach a GP practice and apply to register onto its list of NHS patients. The practice may choose to accept or decline your application. An application may be refused if the practice has reasonable grounds for doing so, such as if you are living outside their practice area, in which case they should be able to advise you on which practice catchment area you fall within.

A good place to locate your local doctors surgery is the NHS Choices website.

When registering with your local surgery you will be asked to provide:

If you need to visit the NHS but have not yet joined your local surgery or dentist there are a variety of options available to you:


It has become increasingly difficult to locate and register with an NHS dentist within the UK as not all surgeries will accept NHS patients. However, it is well worth researching your local surgeries in an attempt to become NHS registered as this will substantially reduce the cost of any required dental work.

To locate your local dental surgeries visit the NHS Choices website.

By clicking on each surgery’s heading the further information provided will detail whether they are currently accepting new or transferring NHS patients plus further details of opening hours etc.