Choice of GP Practice - NHS England Guidance on the new out of area patient registration arrangements:
‘From 5th January 2015 all GP practices have discretion to register new patients who live outside the practice area without any obligation to provide home visits when the patient is unable to attend their registered practice. NHS England, through its area teams, will ensure that patients who choose to register out of area without home visits can continue to access primary medical services if they have an urgent care need during core hours and if they cannot reasonably be expected to attend their registered practice.’
- ‘The ability for GP practices to refuse registration on the grounds the patient lives outside the practice area remains unchanged and thus ensure the new arrangements for out of area registration apply on a voluntary basis’
Quay Lane Surgery is unable to register patients who live outside of the practice area - we are a small practice covering a large geographical area and sometimes there is only a single doctor working. For this reason it is not practical or safe to offer services to patients outside of the practice area. The boundary forms part of our GMS contract and has been agreed by NHS England.