Choice of GP practice: Guidance on the new out of area patient registration arrangements

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This document provides GP practices, NHS England area teams and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with guidance on the arrangements to extend patient choice of GP practice from 5 January 2015.



From 5 January 2015 all GP practices are able to register new patients who live outside the practice area without any obligation to provide home visits or services out of hours when the patient is unable to attend their registered practice. Changes made to the GP contract mean those obligations may be set aside and do not apply when the GP practice decides, at the point of registration, that it is clinically appropriate and practical to register the individual patient in this way.