You have to formally register with any GP as an NHS patient by submitting a registration form to them.
Many GPs use this standard form - GMS1registration form (PDF, 156kb), but some practices use their own version.
When you have completed and returned the form to the GP, NHS England will transfer your medical records to your new practice and write to you to confirm your registration as a patient with that practice.
If you're registering a child under 5, you'll have the option of registering them for the Child Health Promotion Programme.
This means your child will be invited for regular health and development checks. Ask the practice for more details.
The NHS App
The NHS App lets you book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access a range of other healthcare services. To download the App, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-app/
Who is it suitable for?
The NHS App is for people aged 13 and over who are registered with a connected GP surgery.
You can use some of the app's features without your GP surgery being connected.
95% of surgeries are now connected to the NHS App.
How does it work?
With the NHS App you can:
• check your symptoms – find reliable NHS information on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get immediate advice
• book appointments – search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery
• order repeat prescriptions – see your available medications and request a new repeat prescription
• view your medical record – get secure access to your GP medical record
• register to be an organ donor – easily manage your preferences on the NHS Organ Donor Register
• choose how the NHS uses your data – register your decision on whether it can be used for research and planning