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Out of Area Patients

Since 1/1/15 the government has introduced a system for Out of Area Patients. Many people (including those working in the NHS) do not fully understand the system and there are controversies about how well it will work.

Patients can apply to register with a GP in a different area to where they live- for example near their place of work or a second home. These patients can be accepted as Out of Area Patients, subject to a GP agreeing that it is medically appropriate.

If you live outside our practice area and would like to register with us as an Out of Area Patient, we would be pleased to consider your application. Please bear in mind that we may decline an application if we believe that the quality of care you would receive would be significantly compromised (for example if you might be likely to need home visits, which are not available to Out of Area Patients).

If an Out of Area patient needs medical services but is unable to get to his/her registered practice, then NHS England is responsible for arranging a home visit or other care close to home- it is not the responsibility of the registered practice to provide care outside the practice area. Therefore if an Out Of Area patient needs help and cannot get to the registered practice he or she should phone 111 and explain that he/she is an 'Out Of Area Patient'. Other practices are not contracted to provide care for Out of Area Patients in the way that they provide care for temporary patients.

We would be willing to see Out Of Area Patients registered with another practice on a private (fee paying) basis; or we would be able to see a patient who was willing to transfer their permanent registration to us, but we are not able to see them as ‘temporary’ patients because they are not temporary visitors.

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