New Patient Registration
Whether or not you are entitled to NHS care depends on if you are ordinarily resident in the UK. This definition depends partly upon whether or not you are a student.
In the case of most students, the course of study has to last for over six months for the definition of residency to apply. In all other cases the intention to settle in the UK can be demonstrated by evidence of rental agreements, employment contracts or utility bills. Find out more from the Citizens Advice Bureau Webpage
You are not necessarily entitled to NHS care simply because you are of British nationality. British nationals also have to demonstrate residency before they can be entitled to NHS care.
If you are resident in the UK according to the definition above, are planning to stay for three months, and wish to register with us, simply call into the surgery during opening hours to pick up an NHS registration form and confidential health questionnaire. You will need to demonstrate some form of evidence of residency (e.g. evidence of rental agreements, employment contracts or utility bills) as well as proof of identity (eg passport or photocard driving licence) to be able to register.
For all patients who are registering and who have previously been registered at another GP practice in the UK, the process of registration triggers the transfer of your medical records from your old to new practice. This process can take some weeks, and so it may be helpful for you to bring a medical summary with you from your old practice (including copies of hospital letters) if you have a significant medical history. This means that the medical staff can have this essential information to hand when they first meet you.
Once you have had a health check with one of our nurses/healthcare assistants, we can give you the details necessary to use our online facilities (EMIS Patient Access).
Newly registered patients who require a repeat prescription will need to meet with a doctor to arrange for a repeat prescription to be set up. Please speak to a receptionist or call 01865 311811 to book an appointment.
If you are entitled to NHS care, but are visiting Oxford for less than 3 months, you can register at 28 Beaumont Street as a temporary resident. Find out more: Link to Temporary registration page
Not all people are entitled to NHS health care. The NHS will provide care for 14 days for all people irrespective of residency in the case of a situation in which care is absolutely necessary for a newly arising serious condition (“immediately necessary care”).
However, for all forms of routine medical care for ongoing conditions or newly arising minor conditions, only residents and members of the European Union (and Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) are eligible. To prove eligibility in this situation you will be required to produce an EHIC card. A passport will not prove residency, and so is not acceptable in this situation.
Some countries have partial reciprocal agreements with the UK which mean that immediately necessary primary and secondary care is funded, but routine primary and secondary care is not.
If you are a visitor to England, it is worth clarifying whether or not you are eligible to either full or partial NHS care. If you find you are not eligible, you are strongly encouraged to take out medical insurance so that you can claim retrospectively for any medical care you may have to access when in the UK.
If you do not qualify for NHS care you are welcomed at 28 Beaumont Street to receive private medical care. This would mean that you would be required to pay for individual medical and nursing consultations. There would be separate fees for any investigations such as blood tests or Xrays which may be required. All medications you are prescribed can be purchased at cost price from local pharmacies. See our fees information
If necessary, your GP can refer you to locally respected hospital consultant doctors for specialist advice and management of your condition. You will be provided on the day of the consultation with a printed summary of your medical consultation for your personal records, and this will also enable you to make an insurance claim.
The registration process for private patients is free of charge. Please contact us to arrange registration or for more information.
Oxford University Students
All new Hertford College and New College students are registered at the start of the Michaelmas term. If you missed the registration for any reason please contact us as soon as possible to arrange an appointment.
Once you register with us your medical records will transferred to 28 Beaumont Street for the duration of your studies. You do not have to register with us, but if you do not, there will not be access to your medical records should you need to consult a doctor in Oxford. Also, if you remain registered at your home address, then your home health authority may not agree to funding of NHS hospital care in Oxfordshire, should you need it.
If you choose not to register with us or transfer to another practice please make sure to inform your college of this choice in case of emergencies.
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 from the webpage below.
A Patient Guide to GP Services
You may print off a registration form, fill it out and bring it in with you on your first visit to the practice.