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General Enquiries: 01249 712232
Appointments: 01249 713019
Cancel Appointments: 01249 717030
Fax: 01249 701389

Out of Hours: 
NHS 111


Beechfield Road, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9DL [Map]
 

Registering as a Patient

 

We are pleased to accept new patients who live in Corsham and surrounding areas onto our practice list (see Practice area)

 

Does it matter where I live?

Yes, we can only accept patients who live within our practice area.

 

Who will I be registered with?

You will be registered with The Porch Surgery and will be allocated a 'usual doctor'.  We do not operate 'personal' lists and patients are at liberty to see any clinician they choose.  However, we strongly encourage patients with chronic diseases or on-going illnesses to try and see the same clinician for continuity of care.

 

 

If you wish to register with us, please visit the surgery and speak to the reception staff. You will be asked to complete a standard Registration form (GMS 1) and a New Patient questionnaire.

 

At the time of registering YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE 2 FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION one of which confirms your present address - as follows:

  • Medical Card with NHS Number
  • Marriage Certificate/ Birth Certificate
  • Current Driving Licence
  • Current Passport
  • Local Authority Rent Card (not private Landlord)
  • Mortgage statement
  • Paid Utility Bills (not mobile unless Contract)
  • Bank statement or printout showing current address
  • National Insurance Number Card

PLEASE ENSURE YOU ALSO KNOW THE FOLLOWING:

  • Full name including previous names
  • Date and place of birth
  • Last address (we cannot register you without a previous address)
  • New address and post code
  • Last name and address of your previous doctor
  • NHS number (if known) – this is different from your National Insurance number!

If, at the time of registering you, are taking regular medication, you will need to have an appointment with a doctor. If you are not taking regular medication and over 40, you will need to have a new patient check with the Practice Nurse.

 

New Patient Questionnaire

 

We require all new patients to complete a confidential questionnaire about their medical history. This will help the doctors and nurse at the Porch appreciate your health needs.

 

Should you have any queries please ring or call into the surgery and speak to one of the Receptionists or ask to speak to Susanne Salen, Reception Manager (01249 712232).

 

Temporary Patients will also be asked to provide some form of identification (see above). You will also be asked to complete a Form GMS3 and to provide the following information:

  • Full name including previous names
  • Date of Birth
  • NHS Number (if known)
  • Temporary address and telephone number
  • Home address and telephone number
  • Name, address and telephone number of your current doctor

You will be able to see a Doctor or Nurse as a Temporary Patient but only minimal short-term prescribing will be available until the above details are verified, depending on length of stay and when you can attend your own GP.

 

University Students

When a student starts University they are asked to register with the University Medical Centre.  Once this is done, their medical records are transferred from the surgery and sent to the University Medical Centre which becomes their registered GP surgery.

If a student returns to their home address during the holidays and requires medical attention, they can be registered at the surgery as a “Temporary” patient.

If a patient who currently resides in The Porch “Outer Boundary” leaves the practice to register with their University Medical Centre and requires medical attention when they return home, we are unable to register them as either a “Temporary” patient or a permanent registration as we only take registrations from patients who live within our catchment area. 

For more information on our Practice Boundary please ask at reception or visit our web site.


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