Join the practice
We are always happy to accept new patient and can register people who live within Ipswich postcodes of IP1 to IP4 inclusive.
All new patients joining the Practice will be asked to have a new patient medical appointment with our Health Care Assistant. This appointment is used to introduce you to the Practice and to obtain important data and perform routine health checks which are important to begin planning your health care at BPC.
Pre-Registration with the practice
If you wish to pre-register click on the link below to open the form. When you have completed all of the details, click on the "Send" 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.
You will still need to attend the Practice to complete you registration.
To be fully registered you need to come into surgery with 2 forms of identification (1 photo ID and 1 paper proof of Ipswich address) and we will make you a New Patient Appointment with one of the Nursing team.
When you register you will also be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire. This is because it can take a considerable time for us to receive your medical records. When you come to the surgery you will be asked to sign this form to confirm that the details are correct.
Note that by sending the form you will be transmitting information about your self across the Internet and although every effort is made to keep this information secure, no guarantee can be offered in this respect.
Alternatively you may print off a registration form, fill it out and bring it in with you on your first visit to the practice.
Live within boundary area?
To be eligible to register at the practice, you must live within the practice catchment
Overseas visitors are some times entitled to free treatment and some times have to pay.
It is up to the GP or Dentist whether to accept you onto their list of NHS patients. They may accept you on their list if you are living in the UK, but they don't have to.
Visitors are not usually entitled to get non-hospital treatment. For example, if you used to live in the UK and then went to live abroad, you wouldn't normally get free treatment if you came back for a visit. There are some exceptions to these rules, for example, if you need emergency treatment, contraception or attending Walk in Centres.
A GP may, in practice, be flexible in deciding whether you are resident in the UK, in order to qualify for free treatment. You will usually have to show that your stay in the UK has some degree of permanence and stability.
If you are a visitor in the UK for less than three months, a GP may accept you as a temporary resident. Otherwise, a GP may offer to accept you as a private patient and you will have to pay for treatment.
You may have difficulty finding a GP or a Dentist who is prepared to register you. In this situation you should contact your Clinical Commissioning Group or Local Health Board. In England and Wales, you can also get help to find a Doctor from NHS 111 on 111. In Scotland, you can contact NHS 24 on 0845 424 2424. In Northern Ireland, you should contact the Central Services Agency on 028 9032 4431.
Even if you are accepted onto a GP or Dentist's list of NHS patients, you have to pay charges for some things like prescription charges and dental treatment.
For more information about charges and the help you might get to pay for them, see Help with health costs.
Summary Care Record
Your Summary Care Record will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had.
Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.
Your Summary Care Record will also include your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly.
You may want to add other details about your care to your Summary Care Record. This will only happen if you ask for the information to be included. You should discuss your wishes with the healthcare staff treating you.
Click here to view a leaflet containing more information.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record. You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form.
Click here to download an opt-out form.
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: