Join the practice
We are delighted to accept new patients onto our list. We offer a flexible service, with appointments available by telephone and video, as well as in the surgery 7 days a week. We do register and keep registered patients who live outside our practice boundary. However, we cannot register you outside our practice boundary if:
- You require home visits
- You have complex medical or psychiatric problems, since this will require a whole community team, not just the GP surgery to deliver your care.
If you do register, whilst living outside our practice boundaries, you will not be entitled to home visits. If you have any queries, feel free to speak to our receptionist. We try and organise our practice to encourage continuity of care with patients ideally seeing one doctor through a particular problem.
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Register with us
If you wish to register with the Practice, please complete our online registration form.
It is important that you enter your current address correctly, your previous address and also previous GP. This is important to prevent the health authority rejecting the registration form, and also to enable us to receive your medical records from your previous GP electronically.
Please note: Your registration is not complete until you have a new patient check with the health care assistant. To complete your registration with the surgery you will need to visit the practice with proof of Identification and one of the following as proof of address:
- Utility Bill (within the last 3 months)
- Bank Statement (within the last 3 months)
- Tenancy Agreement
Register at the Practice
You can also register by visiting the Lea Surgery during our opening times Monday to Sunday, and speak to our receptionists.
Information we will need:
We do require all potential patients to bring proof of address. It would also help if you could bring your up to date medical card. At registration we will need the following information:
- Full name, including previous names
- Date and place of birth
- Last address
- New address and post code
- Last name and address of your previous Doctor
- NHS number if known (not the same as your National Insurance number)
- Proof of residence eg utility bill
- Red book/immunisation record for children aged 5 and under
If you are a recent arrival to the UK we may need to see your passport and the visa.
- If you are an asylum seeker we will need to see official documentation inc IND number.
We require all new patients to complete a confidential questionnaire about their medical history. This will help the Doctors and Nurses at the Lea Surgery to appreciate your health needs.
If you have any significant medical problems eg diabetes it would be advisable to book an appointment with the doctor after registration. If you are on regular medication please bring it with you to your first appointment, so that repeat prescriptions can be organised.
You can collect a copy of the questionnaire from reception or download and print it from below:
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: