REGISTERING WITH THE PRACTICE
RCGP Guide to GP Services
The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them. You can download the guide by clicking here.
Patients living within the area may register with the Practice and will be allocated a usual doctor. It is helpful to us to have a daytime telephone number if that is different from your home number, in case we have to cancel an appointment at short notice. Please also let us have your mobile phone number. We can then send you a text reminder message when you have an appointment booked at the Practice.
The Practice covers the following area:
Whitchurch on Thames
On registering at the Practice, you will be asked to provide some photo ID (eg passport or driving licence) and ID showing your address (eg utility bill, credit card or bank statement). Please ensure that you have this with you when you come in to see us to register. You will also be asked to complete an NHS standard registration form (purple form).
Immediately Necessary Treatment
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 Goring and Woodcote Medical for up to 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 our list and still remain a patient with your permanent GP. After three months, you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with the Practice. We do not have to accept you as a temporary patient, although we do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. Advice will be sought from our Administrators before the team reactivate your temporary registration at the Practice. If you are going to be cared for by the Practice for longer than three months, it is advisable for you to have permanent registration with us. This enables us to have access to your complete medical record, which assists in offering you healthcare that is safe and ensures that you are allocated a “usual doctor” to maintain continuity. This is important if you are seeking treatment or advice from secondary care or are experiencing a particularly prolonged or complex health problem.
Please note: You cannot register as a temporary patient at the Goring & Woodcote Medical Practice if you already have permanent registration with another Medical Practice in the area.
Change of Address
Please let the practice know if you move house or change your contact details. Please complete the form below and drop it into the practice.
Change of Address Form
Out of Area Registration
We now accept registrations from outside our Practice boundary. This does mean, however, that we will be unable to provide home visits to you. You would need to phone 111 instead to obtain a home visit.
This option may not be suitable for all patients. If you have any questions regarding this type of registration please contact the Practice. All requests for "out of area" registration will be considered by the Partners at their weekly meeting.
Please see the information sheet below that contains more details about this type of registration.
Out of Area Registration Information
When you first register with the Practice, you will be assigned a “usual doctor”. This is the doctor who you will usually see when you visit the Practice for a consultation. This doctor will, therefore, get to know all about you and your medical history, which will enable us to provide you with continuity of care.
You may, of course, ask to see any other doctor in the Practice, at any time, or ask to change your usual doctor, if you wish.
Existing patients at the Practice will already have an assigned “usual doctor” but this may not be the doctor that they currently see. Please ask at the surgery if you want to know who your usual doctor is, and make sure that this is up to date.
New Patient Health Review
We strongly recommend all new patients registering with the Practice attend for a health review. This helps us to get to know you and to be aware of any particular problems you may have. It can take some weeks before your medical record arrives from your previous doctor.
Downloadable Registration Forms
Please download and complete the relevant forms and return them to the surgery. You will need to complete an NHS Registration Form and appropriate Health Questionnaire for person wishing to register at the practice. Please note these forms are also available at the surgery.
New Patient (Over 16) Health Questionnaire
Children Health Questionnaire
New Baby Registration Form
Practice Boundary Map