Join the Practice
Register as a New Patient
We are based in Dorchester on the edge of the new Poundbury Village. We cover a semi-rural and rural area that includes Dorchester and the surrounding area as shown in the map.
Whilst we would love to accept any patient, we can only accept patients whose address is within our catchment boundary.
Patients are registered with the Surgery, and you will be allocated a Named GP who will supervise your care. However you can at any time express a preference for a practitioner, for either all of your medical needs or on a case by case basis. This preference will be recorded in your medical notes. Whilst the Practice will always try to comply with your requests on all occasions, it may not always be possible.
How to register
If you wish to register click on the links below to open the forms. When you have completed all of the details, click on the "Submit" 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.
Proof of Identity
Acceptable proof of identity should be photo ID such as photo driver’s licence, passport or fire arms certificate. If you do not have any photo ID then please bring your birth certificate, or a marriage, civil partnership, or divorce certificate. You will also need proof of address, such as Council Tax Bill, utility bills, mortgage statement, bank/building society statement, benefits statement or work permit/visa. Proof of address needs to have been issued in the last 3 months.
If you are currently staying within our practice boundary and need urgent medical care, please contact your registered GP in the first instance to see whether they can continue to support you remotely e.g. by sending a prescription for your medication to one of our local pharmacies.
If your registered GP is unable to assist and your acute illness requires urgent treatment then you can contact the Surgery and ask to register as a temporary resident. We will ask you to complete a a temporary registration form, available at the Surgery.
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. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient though they have an obligation to offer emergency care.
What does temporary registration mean?
You will still remain registered with your permanent GP, but you can see a temporary GP for up to three months. After three months your temporary registration will expire and you will be asked to permanently register with the practice.
As your temporary practice, the 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 to register?
In order to be able to treat you appropriately as a Temporary Resident the following information is needed:
- 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
Non English Speakers
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: