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Choice of GP Practice and Registration

GP practices have always had the choice to register patients who live outside their practice area. Under their contracts GP practices were required to either accept the registration as any other normal patient registration (recognising this may mean undertaking a home visit) or refuse registration on the grounds that the patient lives out of area.

A consequence of these arrangements is that while many GP practices have exercised their discretion to register patients who live outside the practice area this is largely confined to the immediate vicinity of the practice because of concerns about providing services further outside the practice area. When registration is refused, patient choice is not fully realised, principally because of concerns by the practice about the practicalities of fulfilling their obligations to the patient when they are ill at home and cannot be expected to attend the practice.

Please see the below documents for more information.

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9942Guidance out of area registration (Nov 14) Gateway 02351
Type: pdf, 533.6KB, added 2 years ago
10015List management
added 2 years ago
9941Outer Boundaries and Open - Closed lists
Type: pdf, 142.5KB, added 2 years ago
10013Patient Registration for GP practices FAQs
Type: pdf, 38.4KB, added 2 years ago
10016Removal of patients from GP lists
added 2 years ago

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