This article will provide you with the information on when and how to register with a doctor.

When you should register

You need to be registered with a local doctor in order to access NHS services while you are in Portsmouth. It is important that you register with a doctor (also known as a General Practitioner or GP) as soon as you get to Portsmouth. Don't wait until you become ill.

If you have an ongoing condition like asthma, diabetes, epilepsy it is even more important to register with a local GP as soon as possible.

How to register

  • Visit the surgery and give them your personal details and the name of your current doctor
  • It is advisable to choose a surgery which is located close to your home. See the where to register section below.
  • If you have an ongoing condition like asthma, diabetes, epilepsy it is even more important to register with a local GP. Get yourself known, and visit them for a health check (which is FREE to new patients) so that they know how you are when you are well and what medication, if any, you are taking
  • Don't leave your repeat prescriptions to the last minute; professionals like the Practice Nurse can offer you advice and help
  • You can also look out for opportunities to register at the University during Freshers Week.

Where to register

  • Live in Southsea? See this information on nearest doctors surgeries.
  • Live in Central/ North Portsmouth and Cosham areas? See this information on nearest doctors surgeries.

If you live in University accommodation then you can also ask at the reception of your Hall of Residence for your nearest Doctors surgery.

Advice from pharmacists

You can also get advice on minor ailments such as bugs and viruses, minor injuries and aches and pains from your local community pharmacy or chemist. For more information on pharmacists and when they might be able to help visit PharmacyFirst.

Changing address during the year?

If you change your term-time address, please contact your GP practice and let them know your new address. If they lose contact with you, you may no longer be registered with your GP.


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