What do I do once I've found a GP surgery near me?
Once you have found a GP accepting new patients, they will ask you to complete a form with:
your name and address
your date of birth
your place of birth
your NHS number (if you know it)
other information, such as the name and address of your previous GP (if you had one).
It is a good idea to take in proof of who you are and where you live:
- your passport or driving licence
- a recent bill for gas, electricity, water or council tax, which shows your name and address.
What if the practice does not accept me?
Sometimes, you may not be able to register with a GP practice, if:
- you live outside the area that it covers
- the practice is not accepting new patients.
You will need to register with another GP practice in your area instead.
If you need to see a GP when your practice is closed or you are unable to get an appointment.
If you have a serious medical need or an urgent health problem when your GP practice is closed or you are unable to get appointment, then there are options available to you.
Medway On Call Care (MedOCC)
For urgent care when your GP practice is closed.
Telephone: 01634 891855
Medway NHS Walk-in Centre
The Medway NHS Healthcare Centre is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week to anyone who needs to be seen by a GP or nurse.
Phone 01634 575232 for more details.
For help, advice, and details of local services contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 (24 hour health helpline)
Pharmacists, sometimes called chemists, are experts on medicines and make up prescriptions issued by your doctor as well as being able to advise on treatments that can be bought over the counter.
Visit our pharmacy section for more information and to see a list of late night pharmacies.