Out of area patients
Under the Patient Choice Scheme, GP practices can register new patients who live outside the practice catchment area. However, they do not have to provide home visits or out of hours services if the patient is unable to come to the surgery.
NHS England is responsible for procuring urgent GP services and home visiting should the patient need to be seen in their area of residence. NHS England does not currently consider it appropriate to register out of area patients under the new scheme as, until services for patients that register out of area are confirmed to be in place nationally, the provision for home visits cannot be met. We are therefore not participating in this scheme.