New Patients

New Patient Registration

To register, you will have to fill out form that asks for a few simple details. You will need your NHS number to hand as this will allow is to administer your registration quickly and smoothly. 

We have a catchment area boundary for all our local resident population. This is marked in red on our catchment area map.  We have a slightly larger catchment boundary coloured  blue, for all patients who are students.  This blue boundary caters for the various student’s halls of residence.

As a newly registering student, you are welcome to register at the University Medical Practice if your term time address falls within the blue student catchment boundary. However, it is important to note that once you graduate or leave university and are no longer a student, you may need to re-register with a GP practice closer to your address at the time, should your address be outside our catchment boundary for residents

If you are a student, you may want to register at the start of autumn term as the practice is set up to cope with large numbers or people joining us during that time. Please try and register as soon as possilbe rather than waiting until you have an urgent problem.

Medical treatment is available from the date of registration. Please contact reception for further information.

How to Register With The Practice

In order to register please follow these instructions:

  • Check that you are living in our catchment area by using the address checker. (The blue line indicates the student catchment area and the red line indicates the resident catchment area).
  • Make sure that you have your NHS number to hand.
  • Choose one of the registration forms below. There are different forms for ordinary residents, children and for students so please select the correct form that applies to you.
  • Please fill in the form fully and accurately.
  • Note that you cannot submit the form if the all the fields marked with a red asterisks (*) are not filled in. 
  • You will receive a text message once you are registered.

Note that Student Registration is ONLY for University of Birmingham students (click on the map to the right to check your address or if you live in student accomation go to the student address checker page).

Identification Requirements

We ask ALL patients to provide some form of ID prior to completing registration as an NHS patient on a temporary or full-time basis.  It is essential that before you proceed to register you have your NHS number to hand. 

When you first attend the practice you will need to bring one of the following:

  1. NHS card / Number
  2. University student card
  3. Photocard driving license
  4. Passport
  5. Utility bill from the last 3 months for the address at which registration is sought
  6. Bank statement from the last 3 months for the address at which registration is being sought.
Note that treatment is available for acute illness without ID being available at the emergency consultation but any follow up consultation will not be possible without proof of identity.

Temporary Patient Registrations

You can register as a temporary patient if:

  • you are ill while away from home.
  • you are not registered with a doctor but need to see a GP so you can receive emergency treatment (after 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient)
  • your temporary address is in the catchment area.

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 call the practice on 0121 687 3055. 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.

Please note, if you are a student at the University of Birmingham and have an address in Birmingham, you cannot register as a temporary patient. It is encouraged that you register as a full patient at the practice using the forms above. 

Latent TB

TB is an illness caused by airborne bacteria (germs). TB bacteria can sleep in your body, often for many years, without making you ill. This is called latent TB.

The practice provides a free latent TB test to those registered patients who have arrived in the UK from a country where TB is common.  Please follow the link below for the current list of those countries.

The process involves a quick blood test and a few simple questions.

If your blood test shows that you have latent TB, your doctor or nurse at the practice will offer you antibiotic treatment. The treatment will last three or six months. Your doctor will explain about your care and why it is important to finish your treatment.

As with all medications, there is a small risk of side effects which your doctor or nurse can help you manage.

What should I do next?

Please ensure you see your GP for latent TB testing. If you have any questions at all please ask at the surgery. 

For more information on eligibility criteria please click on the following link. 

 

 

LTBI Testing and Treatment Eligibility Criteria.docx

Disabled Patient Facilities

Those with a disability will find our facilities to be easy to access:

  • There are no steps or ramps
  • An induction loop for hearing aids is located throughout the reception.
  • A lift is available for the first floor.
  • All of our services are on the ground floor.
  • There is a disabled toilet within the reception area.
  • There are 2 disabled parking spaces at the front of the building, (access directly from Pritchatts Rd).
  • There are also 2 disabled parking spaces in the rear car park 

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:

FAQ's

Are you a part of the University or Academic Department of General Practice?

No - we are entirely independent of the University of Birmingham, including the academic Department of General Practice. We happen to be sited amongst University owned buildings and have University provided signs for practical reasons

Do I have to be a student to register?

No - we welcome anyone who lives within our practice area to register with us.

Can I remain registered after finishing as a student?

Yes - you are very welcome to continue being registered as long as you are still living in the practice area.

I want to remain registered with my home GP

The Department of Health recommends that students are registered where they spend most of their time - this will almost certainly be in Birmingham. We are not able to see people on a repeated basis, provide routine prescriptions or vaccinations, or do home visits for people on a Temporary Registration basis. Being registered in Birmingham should have no impact on any medical care - such as specialists appointments - that you receive at home.

How does the repeat prescription system work?

You need to see a doctor first and agree a repeat prescription is appropriate. Once a prescription is set-up then you can obtain regular prescriptions without a further appointment, until the set medication review date is reached. Each prescription will usually last for 2 months. We will not usually issue larger amounts or put certain drugs, such as anti-depressants, onto repeat, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

I have moved outside the practice area - what do I need to do?

You need to register with another GP. We regret that we cannot make exceptions to this requirement. You can check where other surgeries are located via NHS Direct, or the Primary Care Trust (PCT) covering the area where you have moved to will be able to inform you of local doctors and dentists taking NHS registrations. 

How do I access out of hours care?

Between 17:30 and 18:30 and 08:00 and 08:45 phone 0121 687 3052 for the GP out of hours service which is based at the UMP and is for emergencies only. Between 18:30 to 08:00 telephone 111 to contact the universal NHS emergency out-of-hours service. In an emergency only, call 999.

I find it difficult to make appointments

There are plenty of appointments bookable up to 2 weeks in advance for all doctors. They can be booked at any time. Book on the day appointments open for booking at strictly 8:45 and 1:45 and they can be taken very rapidly. The staff will NOT book appointments even a few minutes before these times, so please try to use the book ahead appointments whenever possible.