No documents are required to register with a GP. The inability by a patient to provide identification or proof of address is not considered reasonable grounds to refuse or delay registering a patient.

Anybody in Scotland may access primary care services at a GP practice without charge. Overseas Visitors can register on the same basis as ordinary residents.

The length of time that a patient is intending to reside in an area dictates whether a patient is registered as a temporary or permanent patient.

Patients should be offered the option of registering as a:

  • temporary resident if they are planning to reside in the practice area for more than 24 hours but less than 3 months;
  • permanent resident if they are planning to stay in the area for more than 3 months.

7.2 Immediately Necessary Care

General Practices are under a duty to provide emergency or immediately necessary treatment where clinically determined at any place in its practice area.

The practice is required to provide 14 days of further primary medical services following provision of immediate and necessary treatment.

More information can be viewed in the Patient Registration Information document.