New Patients

Register as New Patient

Welcome to The Weardale Practice!

We serve around 7,200 patients all across Weardale. Our main surgery is in Stanhope - with branch surgeries in Wolsingham and St John’s Chapel.

Before we can see you, you will need to register as a new patient. Please complete the New Patients Registration form and the Health Questionnaire. We need both forms to be completed in order to register you as a new patient.

You will also need to provide a valid form of ID. We will contact you to arrange for you to pop into the practice, one afternoon, with this information.

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.

Out of Area Patients

If you do not live in our catchment area we would prefer you to register with your local GP practice as we are not contractually obliged to provide:

  • Home visits
  • Immediately necessary treatment following accident or emergency when the patient is at home 
  • Access to out of hours services  when the patient is at home (and it is not reasonable to expect the patient to attend)
  • Other such services provided by the practice, which for clinical or practical reasons it is not reasonable to expect the patient to attend their registered practice, e.g. this could include follow up care following hospital discharge.

Any application will be considered on an individual basis and if accepted, you will be registered as an  out of area registered patient with no obligation on the practice to provide home visits etc, assuming it is satisfied it is clinically appropriate and practical to register you in this way.

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: