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Registering with a GP (Doctor)

By LucyMcDonald 11 Aug 2023

It is important to be registered with a GP during your time at University in Leeds. GPs can help you with illness, injury or mental health problems – but only if you are registered.

For more information on when to see a GP, and which services to use in different circumstances, please see the Use the Right Service guidance.

The location where a GP regularly sees their patients is called a GP surgery (or medical centre). GP surgeries have set opening times and are not usually open at the weekend.

Where can I register?

Most students choose to register to with the Leeds Student Medical Practice. This is the nearest medical practice to the University campus. 

You don’t need to register for the Leeds Medical Practice if you don’t want to. Some GP surgeries offer more services than others and you can register with a surgery that's closer to where you live or better fits your needs. Look up GP surgeries available in Leeds, see what they offer and how they compare.

When you’ve found a GP surgery you’d like to register with:

  • check the surgery website to see if you can register online or
  • call or email the GP surgery and ask to be registered as a patient. 

What documents will I need to register?

You do not need proof of ID to register with a GP but we recommend bringing your passport with you.

How long does it take to register with a GP surgery?

The timings can change depending on the GP surgery you register with.

If you’ve submitted a registration for the Leeds Student Medical Practice, it normally takes around 2 working days to process your registration. However, in September registrations can take longer to process because of the large number of new students arriving in Leeds.

How will I know I’ve been registered?

If you register with the Leeds Medical Student Practice, you will receive an SMS message confirming your registration. The Leeds Medical Student Practice might also contact you by phone if there's anything they need to check so make sure you provide them with a UK mobile number.

If you register with a different GP surgery, ask them how you’ll be notified about your registration.

I need to see a GP but I’ve not yet registered?

If you’re unwell and think you need to see a doctor, call 111 for advice. This helpline will help you understand:

  • where to get help for your symptoms, if you're not sure what to do
  • how to find general health information and advice

Make sure that you register with a doctor as soon as you can. It’s important that you’re able to speak to a doctor when you’re ill.

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