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Register with a GP surgery service

A joint NHS England and NHS Digital work programme is co-developing a new GP registration service model across England, including the development of an online service. 

Important information for members of the public


Do you want to register with a GP online?

You can search for a GP surgery offering the online registration service by using Find a GP. Enter your postcode. GP surgeries offering online registration will be clearly marked. You can also filter results by selecting 'online registration available'. 


Do you want to find out more about registering with a GP surgery?

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You might also find it useful to Find your NHS number.


Feedback from the 2020/21 GP Bureaucracy Review identified GP registration as a high volume and difficult task for practices and patients. 

The Register with a GP surgery service provides all practices in England with an online option for their patients, helping reduce the administrative burden for general practice as well as making GP registration more accessible to the public.

Around 1 in 7 practices are now using the online service on an opt-in basis and hundreds of thousands of successful registrations have taken place. We are using practice and patient feedback to enhance the service further and fine tune additional features in line with our Register with a GP surgery service roadmap.


The aim of the Modernising GP Registration programme is to make registering with an NHS GP an easier process for both practices and patients. 

People can now find a GP and then apply to register for themselves or someone they care for, via their chosen practice's website, the NHS website or the NHS App. In the longer-term, this will also automatically come through to the GP practice's clinical system

Early testing has shown the service has already reduced the application processing time by up to 15 minutes for practice staff, while offering patients more choice, convenience, and consistency in the way they register. 

Registering with a GP is the first step in accessing a wide range of health and care services, including the NHS App. The new online service will make it possible for people across England to register in a simplified and standardised way and improved paper form will sit alongside it.

Making GP registration open to all

As we co-develop the service, one of our guiding principles is to be accessible and inclusive of everyone.

We've worked with patients and a number of charities to ensure that we are making GP registration accessible to all. Charities we've worked with include Doctors of the World who support people seeking asylum, and Groundswell who work with people with experience of homelessness.

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Contact us - find out more about implementing the service

This email address is not for members of the public or patients.

GP surgeries and others working in health and care wanting more information about implementing the service, email: [email protected].

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Last edited: 12 May 2023 8:45 am