If you’ve been injured in accidents at work, or you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall, your GP may be your first port of call. If you have minor work-related injuries, you develop symptoms or feel unwell, you should arrange to see your GP. If you require further investigations or specialist treatment, your GP will refer you on to a specialist. With this in mind, it is important to register for a GP in the UK.
How to register for a GP in the UK
In the UK, you have a right to choose which GP surgery you join; however, there may be exceptions. GP practices are not allowed to reject new patient applications based on grounds such as gender, age of sexual orientation. Yet they are allowed to turn patients away if they are working at capacity or the patient lives outside of the practice boundary.
You can register for a GP if you live outside of the boundary, but it is up to practice staff members to decide whether or not to accept you. If the register is approaching capacity, priority may be given to those who live in the local area.
If you’ve moved, or you don’t have a GP, it’s very easy to register for a GP. You can find details of local surgeries online. You can also read reviews and find out about the services they offer, such as late night opening or Saturday surgeries.
Once you’ve found a surgery, all you have to do is call in and fill in a form. The form will ask you some questions about your personal details, your medical history, and information about your previous GP practice. You will be asked to provide details of any underlying health conditions or allergies and any medication you have taken or are currently using.
Why do I need to register for a GP?
In the UK, a GP is the first line of healthcare. You should go to your GP if you feel ill, you notice changes in your health or you would like advice about losing weight, contraception or quitting smoking. You can access all kinds of services through your GP surgery. Unless you have had a very serious accident or you fall ill suddenly, you will probably see your GP, rather than seeking urgent medical attention.
If you’ve been injured at work, it’s important to seek medical advice. If you wish to claim compensation, your doctors medical report could be used as evidence. If your work accident happened in the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee claim for work injury compensation.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice