New Patients

Register as New Patient

For patients looking to register with our practice, please review our boundary map (below) to see the areas we cover.

All patients are assigned a 'Named Accountable GP' when registering with us, however you are free to see any GP you wish. GP appointments are allocated by availability.

In order to register with us, we require our patients to complete a GMS1 registration form as well as either a new adult patient questionnaire, or a new child patient questionnaire if under 15 years old. These can be found by either visiting your local Portsdown surgery and enquiring at the front desk, or by downloading the forms using the provided links near the bottom of this page.

Please note that it is ideal if you can provide two forms of identification when registering; a photo ID and a proof of address. For more information, please read below:

Proof of ID and Residency

Everyone is welcome in general practice. You do not need proof of ID, address or immigration status in order to receive care or see a GP.

It would be helpful if you could supply 1 of these for both ID & address verification. This helps us register you quicker:

  • UK photo card Driving Licence
  • UK Firearms Licence

We aim to register new patients within 7 days of receiving their registration form, provided the information required is complete and correct.

Acceptable Forms of ID:

  • Current passport
  • Driving licence
  • EU national identity card
  • Blue disabled parking permit (photo version only)
  • Police Warrant card or armed forces ID card
  • PAYE coding notice (from Inland Revenue)
  • Benefit or Pension letter (from current tax year)

Acceptable Forms of Address (residency) Verification:

  • Current driving licence (if not provided as ID)
  • Utility bill (dated within the last 3 months)
  • Council tax bill (current year)
  • Bank Statement (dated within the last 3 months).
  • Work permit or student visa
  • Letter from Host college\Family

Practice Area

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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.

Primary Care Network (PCN)

Primary Care Network (PCN)

What are Primary Care Networks?

Primary Care Networks were introduced into the National Health Service in England as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019. The 2019 General Practitioner contract gave the opportunity for GP practices to join networks, each with between 30,000 and 50,000 patients. The aim of PCNs is to create a vehicle to provide fully integrated community-based health services.

There are 5 PCNs in Portsmouth:

  • Portsmouth North – Drayton Surgery and North Harbour Medical Group
  • Island City – Derby Road Practice, Lake Road Practice, John Pounds Medical Centre
  • Brunel – East Shore Medical Group, University Practice, Sunnyside Medical Centre, Kirklands Surgery, Guildhall Walk and The Lighthouse Group Practice
  • Portsmouth South Coast – Trafalgar Medical Group Practice, Craneswater Group Practice
  • Portsdown – The Portsdown Group Practice

 How will this work and how will it affect our patients?

The networks will provide the structure and funding for services to be developed locally, in response to the needs of the patients they serve. It is important that community pharmacy teams are fully involved in the work of their PCN.

The networks will have expanded neighbourhood teams which will comprise a range of staff including GPs, Nurse and Paramedic Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists, District Nurses and Allied Health Professionals such as physiotherapists and podiatrists/chiropodists.

PCN funding has allowed the Portsdown PCN to increase significantly its clinical workforce, and this expansion has been further supported by the creation of a new team of Social Prescribers, whose role it is to help those of our more vulnerable and elderly patients with their non-clinical needs.

 Nationally, the first couple of years of PCNs are aimed at practices and providers finding their way of working together.  Because the Portsdown PCN is a single practice, we have been able to fast track this process and we already have Pharmacists conducting medication reviews, Paramedic Practitioners seeing patients for their urgent needs and, as noted above, Social Prescribers helping those patients most in need.  We are looking to expand this provision and to work with our local community providers to help us to deliver joined-up care where all agencies work to a common goal.

Thank you for continuing to support general practice and the NHS.

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:

Disabled Patient Facilities

We have a range of facilities for patients with disabilities. These include car parking, wheelchair ramps and toilets. 


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