How to register

Beacon Medical Practice are currently accepting new patients at all three of our Surgeries.

New Patient Registration Procedure

To register as a patient at Beacon Medical Practice, you must ensure firstly that you live within the Practice’s catchment area. Each Practice has a catchment area within which they can accept new patients. You can find out whether you live within our catchment area by entering your postcode in the Catchment Area Tool.Then all you need to do is complete a New Patient Questionnaire (NPQ) and a GMS1 new patient registration form.

We ask all new patients to complete a simple questionnaire for themselves and their children. This is because not all practices are advanced as Beacon Medical Practice in transferring patient records electronically. We therefore need to have some basic information to ensure you and your family receive continuity of care while we wait for your notes from your last GP. Without a correctly completed and signed form the Practice cannot proceed to register you as a patient.

Our reception staff will offer you to use the automatic equipment in the waiting room to record and automatically print out your blood pressure, height and weight. Take the printed result to the receptionist after completing the measurement.

If you are already taking regular medication, an appointment will be made for you to review this with one of our Doctors.

You have a choice of ways that you can register as a patient:

1. Download and complete a GMS1 – New Patient Registration form from this page. To help us understand your medical history you should also download and complete a New Patient Questionnaire. Both these forms should be handed in at our reception desk.

2. The GMS 1 New Patient Registration form and the New Patient Questionnaire form are also available at our reception. You can collect them there for completion at your leisure – or you can fill them in at our reception.

You must also show us two original documents providing proof of identity and address. Click here for details of the documents we can accept.

Preventing identity fraud

Because of identity theft, regulations now require that all new patients must provide proof of identity and residence. We therefore need visual identification such as a passport or photographic driving licence along with a bill or statement confirming address (e.g. utility bill, credit card or bank statement, council tax bill), which should not be more than 3 months old. Please note, only original documents are acceptable for identification purposes.

Our reception staff will offer you to use the automatic equipment in the waiting room to record and automatically print out your blood pressure, height and weight. Take the printed result to the receptionist after completing the measurement.

If you are already taking regular medication, an appointment will be made for you to review this with one of our Doctors.

SMS Text Messaging Service

When you register you will be asked for your mobile phone number because at times Beacon Medical Practice would like to contact you by text.

With your consent we will text you to confirm your appointment, to remind you of your appointment or to advise you of other important information regarding Beacon Medical Practice. These text messages will never contain any clinical information or any information that can identify you personally.

Do not forget to inform us, if you change your mobile number.

Newborn babies

It is advisable to register a newborn baby as soon as possible. The hospital or midwife will have issued the parents with an NHS number. Parents registering new babies will need to bring the red book or birth certificate.

Temporary Residents

A patient can register as a temporary resident if they are resident in the practice catchment area for more than 24 hours but not more than 3 months. The Doctors at Beacon Medical Practice are happy to see patients who are temporarily residing in the practice area should medical advice be required. Patients wishing to be treated should state that they are a temporary resident when reporting to reception.

Summary Care Record

A Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

Your Summary Care Record will be available to authorised healthcare staff providing your care anywhere in England, but they will ask your permission before they look at it. This means that if you have an accident or become ill, healthcare staff treating you will have immediate access to important information about your health.

Our Practice is supporting Summary Care Records and as a patient you have a choice:

  • Yes, I would like a Summary Care Record – you do not need to do anything and a Summary Care Record will be created for you.
  • No, I do not want a Summary Care Record – Please download, complete the opt out form and hand it to a member of the our Reception staff.

SRC Information Leaflet

SRC New Patient Letter

SRC Patient Opt-out Form