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Savingshoes Thu 02-Jan-20 13:37:48

Has anyone had experience in keeping with their current surgery but moving out of area?

The NHS website says to speak to your surgery but who at the surgery?
I can't think it needs to be a doctor - it's not a medical issue but do the receptionist have the right to authorise?

Also, what information do they need, other than a forwarding address? My surgery is near my job and my (soon to be) old address - is that all I do? Tell who ever I want to stay put because it's close to where I spend most of my days (at work!)

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MrsJoshNavidi Thu 02-Jan-20 13:38:26

Ask the Practice Manager.

Nat6999 Thu 02-Jan-20 22:39:25

I am an out of area patient at my GP surgery, the only difference it makes is that I can't have home visits by my own doctors, if I was to need a home visit I would have to have a doctor from the 111 service.

Geoffreythecat Thu 02-Jan-20 22:44:13

Be prepared for them to say no if you do ask, practices dont have to takes you on/keep you if you don't live within their area.

Savingshoes Fri 03-Jan-20 10:16:05

Thank you @MrsJoshNavidi, I'll give them a ring. Did you book an appointment to see the practice manager or did you speak to them over the phone?

@Nat6999 this is really helpful, thanks. What sort of questions did they ask you and did you have to provide anything other than your new address?

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Dontdisturbmenow Fri 03-Jan-20 10:40:34

Some might agree, most won't though.

Nat6999 Fri 03-Jan-20 12:48:36

No, I had to change my address as I had been registered under my mum's address but got a letter from the prescription pricing authority fining me for claiming free prescriptions because the address on my prescription & the one on my card didn't match. When I rang to sort that out I was told I had to change the address on my medical records. I just rang & gave them my new address, they just told me I was out of area & wouldn't get home visits.

Rachelfromfriends1 Fri 03-Jan-20 12:58:11

I just called and updated my address, they said it wasn’t an issue as I was already registered with them. Didn’t speak to the practice manager.

I actually moved closer to my GP practice although I’m now technically out of their catchment area. I live practically down the road from them now so under the circumstances it probably didn’t make sense to remove me

MrsJoshNavidi Fri 03-Jan-20 19:43:15

I haven't actually done it myself OP, but the Practice Manager is in charge of all things admin, so would be the person to talk to.

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