Register as a New Patient
If you wish to register at this practice please check our boundary area first:
For accessible information please click here
GP access cards – registering with a GP practice
A national campaign is launching to encourage people to register with a GP if they don’t have one. NHS England and Improvement is aware that some people experience barriers when trying to register with a GP. Despite national restrictions put in place as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, it is still important to encourage GP registration within our communities, to ensure that everyone receives care and is prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Within the next few weeks, GP access cards will be distributed by Healthwatch and voluntary organisations to vulnerable communities who are less likely to be registered with a GP. The card, similar in look to a credit card, will be accompanied by a welcome to GP letter from Dr Raj Patel and will provide details of how to register. The clear message is that people do not need to provide proof of ID, address or immigration status in order to be registered.
On the back of the card is the NHS England Customer Contact Centre number, for people to use if they have been refused registration.
Please complete all 3 forms for each person registering (downloadable versions are available from the menus below) - if forms are missing or not fully completed this may delay your registration with the surgery. Please complete forms in block capitals.
Please provide proof of address in the form of a utility bill or similar document, dated within the last 3 months for all patients registering who are over 16. However, please note, in line with NHS England guidance, if you do not have this information we can still register you here at the Surgery, but we strongly advise in this situation you inform us why you cannot provide this information.
Your registration will be with the partnership. However, you have the right to express a preference for an individual GP. You may indicate this on the ‘application to join form’. However, please be aware that some of the GPs only work part time and not all of the GPs provide every service you may require. Your request, if made, will be entered onto the computer registration template as your preferred doctor.
For online access to request repeat prescriptions please use one of the following forms:
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.
Please fully complete a temporary services form, which can be found here and hand into reception.
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:
Disabled Patient Facilities
Disabled patient facilities are also available at this practice.
(Car park space, ramp, toilet etc).
Travelling by car
Coming North from London – take Junction 6, but be careful as there is no junction 5 northbound. Junction 6 is sign posted as A1000. From the slip road, you will come to a roundabout. Take the first exit on your left. Go along here for about 200 yards and you will see a BP Petrol station on your right. Turn right immediately after the petrol station and go down behind it. This is called London Road. This road leads into Welwyn. Coming down the hill, you will see a pub called The Steamer on your right, and as you come into the village, a pub called the White Hart will appear almost in front of you. You will see a small bridge. The surgery is on the left here. There is a public car park on the right.
Coming South from Stevenage – Take Junction 6. Down the slip road, get into the right hand lane ready for the roundabout (which can be very busy). Take the 3rd turning, which immediately goes under a large bridge. The road offers two routes, take the left route signed to Welwyn. This road will take you past a fire station and a Civic Centre and library on your right. The road veers to the left and you will come to a T-junction. Turn right and you are in Welwyn. Bridge Cottage Surgery is on your left and there is a public car-park on your right.
Instructions from Hertford – Come along the B1000, to Digswell. Keep on this road until you come to a main roundabout. Go straight over (sign posted to Welwyn and the A1). You will now be on dual carriage way until another roundabout. Go straight over this one. This road immediately goes under a large bridge. The road offers two routes, take the left route signed to Welwyn. This road will take you past a fire station and a Civic Centre and library on your right. The road veers to the left and you will come to a T-junction. Turn right and you are in Welwyn. Bridge Cottage Surgery is on your left and there is a public car-park on your right.
Travelling by bus
From Welwyn Garden City, Bus numbers 300 and 734 stop outside Barclays Bank. Go towards the high Street, turn left, walk past the shops, Post Office, cross over and the surgery is just after the little bridge.