Join the practice
If you have chosen to register with our practice then please consider arranging the appropriate registration documents as soon as is convenient. Please do not wait until you are unwell as this will save a great deal of stress and potential anxiety from having to commence the paperwork at a time when you may be feeling ill.
Once registered, your previous medical records are retrieved from your previous doctor; this is so that we can have a full and meaningful medical record.
Live within boundary area?
The area in highlighted in the middle of the map is the main practice area.
Patients who are registered in the main practice area but have moved to the outer limits area can continue to be registered as a patient at Blackthorn Health Centre. However, any new patients living in the outer limits area will not be able to register at the practice.
For more information on our outer limits please speak to reception.
If your address falls outside of our practice area, you will need to register at a GP Practice closer to your address. You can search for local GP Practices via the Find a GP search feature.
Register at the Surgery
Before you can make an appointment or be seen by a Doctor, you will need to collect a GMS1 Registration Form as well as the Adult / Child Registration Form from reception or see below to download a copy.
This has to be completed, signed and returned to the surgery with a suitable form of identification (see below). You can then be registered with Blackthorn Health Centre for your General Practice needs.
Acceptable forms of ID are:
- Passport *
- Full Driving Licence *
- Medical Record Card
- Birth Certificate for under 16's
- Utility Bill with address shown
* Preferred forms
Please remember each person registering will need to bring along their own form of identification.
Guide to GP Services
The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them. You can download the guide below.
If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
We are required to provide all of our patients with a named GP.
Your named GP is the GP who is responsible for handling your paperwork (prescriptions, letters, etc.), and has overall responsibility for the care and support you receive.
This does not prevent you from seeing any GP at the practice.
If you would like to know who your named GP is, please call on 01489 785 722 or ask at reception.
If you have a preference for your named GP, please ask at reception and we will make reasonable efforts to accommodate you.
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:
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