New Patients

Register as a New Patient

Our list is “open” and anyone can register with us provided they live within the area covered by our contract with the NHS.  

If you live within our catchment area  you can register by completing these forms:

  • the NHS registration form – this prompts your previous surgery to forward your medical record to us.  You should complete one copy of this form for each adult and child to be registered as our patient.
  • Our New Patient Registration Form which asks for additional medical information to help us until your notes arrive and give us details about your contact numbers, next of kin, family health etc.  This form is for adults only (over 18s).
  • Our Consent Form can be completed for patients who wish to share their medical records and information with family members or carers.  The form can also be used to give consent for access to the patients electronic record via SystmOnline.

If you can scan the completed forms, you could email them to portesham.reception@dorsetgp.nhs.uk or post or fax them to the Surgery.  We normally encourage patients to bring the completed forms in to the Surgery along with photo ID and proof of address so you start to get to know us. However, during the COVID-19 restrictions we would encourage you to email the completed forms to us and scan a copy of photo ID and proof of address (see below) to save unnecessary footfall in the surgery.  Do get in touch with us if you need help with this.

To Complete Your Registration

You will need to come in to the Surgery with photo ID (such as a passport or driving licence) and proof of your address (for example a fixed utilities bill (ie not a mobile bill), bank or solicitors letter is ideal).   If you have already completed and sent us the registration forms, you can bring your ID & proof of address with you to your first appointment.

Registering a New Baby

When your baby is born, you should be given a form by the hospital or midwife with your baby’s NHS number – even if you haven’t decided on a name yet!

When you come out of hospital, give us a call or drop in to the surgery to register your baby with us using this card.

Health Checks

When you join our Practice we encourage you to have a “New Patient Health Check” with the Practice Nurse, where details of your past medical history can be checked and recorded and routine health checks carried out. This is also an opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with our surgery and staff, and for us to answer any questions you might have.  Please let us know when you complete the registration forms if you need us to arrange a health check for you - no GP referral is necessary.

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 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.

To register as a temporary patient with us, please click HERE, print and complete the form and either post/delivery by hand or email to us at portesham.reception@dorsetgp.nhs.uk 

Please note that 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.

 

Non-English Speakers

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.

Open the leaflets in one of the following languages:

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china flag Chinese (Cantonese) Somali flag Somali portugal flag Portuguese
china flag Chinese (Mandarin) Gujerati flag Gujerati spain flag Spanish
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Disabled Access

The surgery is in a modern single storey building with easy access from the on-site car park through automatic doors.  Wheelchairs are available from reception if required and there is a disabled toilet for patient use in the foyer.