Register as New Patient
If you live in our practice area and would like to register with us, please complete one of our registration forms that are available from our reception or download from the list below.
The forms include a medical questionnaire. This is because it can take a considerable time for us to receive your medical records.
Please note that without all of these forms completed we will be unable to process your registration. You are also required to show photographic ID or proof of living in Darwen at reception on returning the forms to us. Please also ask for a new patient pack which has some useful information you may need.
Pre-Registration with the practice
If you wish to pre-register click on the links below to open the forms. When you have completed all of the details, click on the "Send" button to mail your form to us. When you visit the surgery for the first time you will be asked to sign the form to confirm that the details are correct.
Temporary Patient Registrations
You can receive emergency treatment from a GP surgery for up to 14 days – for example, if you fall ill while on holiday. If your treatment will last longer than that, you'll have to register as a temporary or permanent resident.
You can register as a temporary resident if you're in the area for longer than 24 hours but less than 3 months. 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.
If you are away from home but need to see a doctor you can receive EMERGENCY TREATMENT from a local GP practice. Emergency treatment does not include routine appointments for on-going issues or non-urgent hospital referrals.
If you develop an acute illness while you are away from home that requires emergency treatment you can contact the surgery and ask to register as a temporary resident. We will ask you to complete a Temporary Registration Form. You can register as a temporary resident with a GP in England if you are in their area for longer than 24 hours but less than three months.
What does temporary registration mean?
You’ll still remain registered with your permanent GP, but you can see a temporary GP for up to three months. If you'll be in the area for longer than 3 months, you'll have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice. The temporary GP will pass details of any treatment you have to your permanent GP, who will add the information to your medical records.
What information do I need?
In order to be able to treat you appropriately the following information is needed by a temporary GP:
- details of any medical conditions you have
- details of medical conditions you’ve had in the past
- the name of any medicines you’re currently taking
- details of anything you’re allergic to
- contact details for your permanent GP
Read the answers to more questions about NHS Services and Treatments.
I’m Away From Home But Need Medication!
It is not our policy to issue prescriptions for repeat medication for temporary patients.
It is important that you remember to take enough medication with you when you travel away from home. If you are away from your UK home and have run out or forgotten to bring medication with you, you should contact the surgery where you are registered. You can ask them to forward a prescription (either electronically or by fax) to a pharmacy near to where you are for you to collect.
It is up to you to locate a pharmacy and obtain their address, fax or Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) details. You will need to pass these details to your GP surgery as they will not be able to forward a prescription without this information. You should not register as a temporary patient at a local GP surgery in order to obtain repeat medication if you live in the UK.
If you are unable to contact your GP (e.g. it is out of hours) you may be able to get an emergency supply of your medicine by contacting NHS 111 or a walk in centre alternatively you could contact a local community pharmacy.
You must have been prescribed the medicine before. In addition to this, the pharmacist:
- will usually need to see you face-to-face
- must agree that you need the medicine immediately
- will usually need evidence that you have been prescribed that medicine before
- must be satisfied with the dose that is most appropriate for you to take
The pharmacist will then make a note of:
- your name and address
- the nature of the emergency
- the date of the emergency supply
- the name, quantity, form (e.g. capsules, tablets or liquid) and strength of the medicine
Is it an NHS service?
No. Supplying medicine for people who have forgotten or run out of their regular medication whilst away from home is a private service that is not funded by the NHS. This means that pharmacists can charge for it. The charge will vary and will depend on the medicine and the pharmacist’s policy.
For more information on temporary registrations and obtaining medications please see the following links:
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:
Disabled Patient Facilities
Our surgery is accessible to patients using a wheelchair. We also have an allocated parking space outside the practice which is reserved for patients displaying a blue badge.
There are no steps and there are automatic electronic entrance doors. There is a lift for access to Floor Level 1.
All consulting rooms are suitable for disabled patients and wheelchair access
At Darwen Healthcare there is a disabled toilet, and wheelchair users can access a low-level Reception counter. The reception desk is fitted with a hearing aid loop system.