GP registration for Inclusion Health populations
Doctors of the World UK (DOTW) is pleased to support a new NHS England campaign to encourage GP registration and ensure no one is missed during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Regardless of your immigration status, everyone in England is entitled to register with a GP. At DOTW, we often find people who experience health inequalities can face barriers when trying to register with a GP.
It is crucial that GP practices do not turn people away if they lack proof of ID, address, or immigration status. People can also register if they do not know or do not have an NHS number.
Being registered with a GP has many benefits. The most important one at the moment is that GPs can identify those people who are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 and ensure that they are invited to receive the vaccine.
Please help us improve access to healthcare by using the resources below to support the people you are working with to register with a GP.
GP Access Card
This card outlines that everyone in England is entitled to register and receive treatment from a GP practice, without providing proof of address or ID.
On the back of the card is the NHS England and NHS Improvement Customer Contact Centre number, for people to use if they have been refused registration.
VCSE organisations can get physical copies of the access card from their local Healthwatch, to share with the communities they work with, or download a digital copy of the access card here. Some VCSE partners will be receiving batches of the cards to distribute directly to their service users.
Posters for patient awareness
These posters offer clear information about how to register with a GP, which you can download and print.
The ‘Welcome to our practice’ poster can be personalised with practice-specific information via the FutureNHS platform. The ‘Please come and register with your local GP’ poster can be displayed in any prominent places where people go for advice and support.