Out-of-area GP registrations and patient choice

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There is no obligation to participate in this scheme – practices can choose whether to register out-of-area patients.

Out-of-area patients can access all services from your GP practice except home visits and urgent treatment.

NHS England is responsible for procuring urgent GP services and home visiting should a patient need to be seen where they live. In most areas this will be delegated to CCGs through co-commissioning arrangements.

Practices should only register an out-of-area patient after they have got assurance from the regional team or CCG that these arrangements are in place where they live.

The BMA is monitoring the coverage of these services to ensure they are comprehensive and safe.



British Medical Association – Oct 2020