Register as New Patient
We have a registration pack available at reception and our receptionists will assist you with anything you are unsure about. It would be most helpful for you to have your medical card with you. New patients are always offered an appointment with the doctor, for an initial health assessment as well as an explanation of the services we provide.
You will be registered with the Practice, rather than an individual doctor but you can choose to see one particular doctor if you wish, although it may mean a longer wait for an appointment.
All new patients are required to provide 2 forms of identification at registration, one to be photographic identification such as passport or driving licence and another proof of current address such as a utility bill. Photocopies are not acceptable.
The area we cover includes Fort William, Caol, Inverlochy, Claggan, Lochyside, Banavie and Corpach. It extends to Glenfinnan to the West, Loch Lochy to the North, Roy Bridge and Fersit to the East, and the Ballachulish Bridge to the South.
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.
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.
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