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.
For security reasons, we would like to put a photograph of patients on their electronic records. This would only be seen by staff at this surgery unless permission is given by the patient for it to be seen elsewhere. If you wish to have this done, please let a member of staff know - it only takes a couple of minutes to do, and can be done at the time of your appointment.
If you wish to register with this practice please call in
to reception where you will be given a registration pack
which includes a NHS registration form (GMS1) for you to fill in. You will also need to complete the questionnaire which gives us details of your general health status. Once you have completed and handed in your paperwork you will be given an appointment to see the Health Care Assistant for a routine check so that we know something about you whilst we are waiting for your medical records to come from your previous doctor.
Once you have registered with us you will receive confirmation from Essex Contractor Services Authority based in Clacton and this usually comes through in a couple of weeks.
You may download a registration form (GMS1) from the link below and bring it in to the surgery
The surgery has its own car park but it does get busy, so if you are able to walk here it would help to ensure that you are not delayed trying to find a parking space and subsequently late for an appointment.
The Dipple Medical Centre is on one level and has double doors which allow wheelchair access
Please be aware that disabled parking is very limited.
Please make sure that you leave your old surgery with enough medication to last you for at least 2 weeks as it is not always possible for us to issue prescriptions immediately.
We are currently taking on new patients