Register as New Patient
If you live within our practice area you are welcome to register with us, our reception staff will be happy to guide you through the procedure. Eligibility can be quickly confirmed from your address so please provide proof by way of a recent utility bill along with one form of photographic ID.
Alternatively if you would like to register online please complete the "New Patient online registration form".
You will need to complete a registration form and a health questionnaire which will provide useful information whilst we wait for your medical records to arrive from your previous doctor.
All new patients are offered an health check with a member of the healthcare team to ensure that any required tests are up to date and that we have an accurate note of any repeat medication you may be taking.
All patients have now been informed of their named GP for continuity of care.
New Patient Online Registration Form (GMS1)
Please complete the questions below to register with the practice. This information will be processed by the practice within 3 working days
Darwen Healthlink Address details for registration
Darwen Health Centre
James Street West
Or by email at:
Please be aware you will still need to provide two forms of ID, one photographic and one in the form of a utility bill.
(If these items are sent along with your registration they will be used to verify your identity and then destroyed and will not be added to your record).
Patients Registered who are out of area
Please be aware that if you are a patient living out of our catchment area you will be asked to find another GP practice closer to home.
GP practices have catchments to ensure they can give the best possible care to the population in the surrounding areas.
For instance home visits to patients registered out of our catchment area would not be possible and this can add other pressures onto vital services such as Out Of Hours and Ambulance response teams.
If you are out of our catchment you will be given thirty days to find a practice closer to home, during this period of time we have a duty of care to you but after this the practice you have chosen will take over that duty and facilitate your care.
Temporary Patient Registrations
If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
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. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
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.
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