New Patients

How to register

It’s easy to register with us, as long as you live within the practice boundary.

You will be required to complete a GMS1 registration form  and a New Patient Questionnaire. Forms can be picked up from either surgery reception, or downloaded from the above links. You can also ring us on 0116 261 6234 (Highfields) or 0116 253 4919 (Belgrave) with your details and we can post them to you.

You will also be required to provide proof of address and identity.

All our new patients are offered either a New Patient Medical or an NHS Health Check, depending on eligibility.
If you require any other information regarding registering with us then please call us on 0116 261 6234 (Highfields) or 0116 253 4919 (Belgrave) and we will be very happy to help.

Please be aware that any errors or missing information on the forms will delay the registration process, therefore please ensure that you check the forms before handing them into to us.

For patients who are not yet permanently settled in the UK or have not lived here for 3 years or more, we will require additional Identification to support your registration such as your passport, or proof of eligibility to live in the UK and proof of address (on a letterhead).

If you are registering a child under 15 at the practice please bring with you their RED BOOK plus any other immunisation records from overseas if they have one. You must also inform the Childhood Immunisation Team at Bridge Park Plaza on 0116 225 2525.

For Overseas nationals, you can bring following proofs of ID (You will require proof of ID and address, and 1 other proof to confirm VISA status)

  • NHS Medical Card
  • Bank Statement/Utility Bill (within last 3 months with current address)
  • Passport or National ID Card with current VISA status
  • Official Letter from UKBA if passport or documents held by them.
  • Letter from College/University to confirm acceptance on course (enrolment letter) to confirm Student VISA status
  • Letter from Employment company to confirm Working VISA status

We regret to inform we will NOT Accept Tenancy Agreements as proof of address unless accompanied by supporting letter from landlord and a utility bill dated within last 3 months in their name.

To be eligible to register at the practice, you must live within the practice catchment area.

Disabled Patient Facilities

There are a number of car parking spaces for the disabled near the main entrance of both sites, with wheelchair access.

Our Reception team members are available to help patients with special needs.

All consulting rooms are on the ground floor at Highfields Medical Centre (Merlyn Vaz), and therefore wheelchair accessible. There is lift at Belgrave Medical Centre, as the practice is located on the 1st floor.

Both health centres operate a hearing loop system.

For further information on the accessibility, or to request any of these services, please contact reception.

General Practice in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is in crisis and asks patients for their understanding and help

 

General practice is in crisis, and is asking patients to change the way they treat the service.

 

Before the pandemic general practice was already in decline due to decades of underinvestment.  The number of practices had fallen by 778 (10%) in the past 8 years leaving 2.5million patients having to find a new one.  The number of senior GPs had plummeted by 4,685 (22%) over just 5 years.

 

Dr Nainesh Chotai (GP, Senior partner at The Glenfield Surgery and Chair of LLRLMC) said “consecutive governments have raised expectations without the required investment. We are asking our patients to recognise this, and help us to ensure that our limited resources are used for those patients with the greatest need”.

 

Despite this general practice had risen to the task of providing a safe service throughout the pandemic, and in March 2021 provided 4.9 million more appointments than in February 2021, and 2.3million more appointments per month than before the pandemic (March 2019).

 

In addition, general practice has delivered the majority of the Covid Vaccination Programme.

 

Instead of praising general practices, some newspapers have castigated them, falsely accusing GPs of not pulling their weight, and practices of closing their doors.

 

Dr Fahreen Dhanji (GP Partner at Latham House Medical Centre, and LLRLMC Board Member) said “unfortunately many of our patients believe the false impression given by the tabloids, resulting in mistrust, abuse and unwarranted complaints”

 

As hospital departments restart their outpatient clinics these are often done remotely, and they frequently expect general practice to pick up their work (for example arranging blood tests and scans, prescribing medication, arranging follow up, issuing sick notes) in addition to their own workload.  This further reduces general practices’ ability to help our patients.

 

Dr Grant Ingrams (Managing GP Partner at Oakmeadow Surgery and LLRLMC Board member) said “We need hospitals and other services to recognise that general practice is at breaking point.  Every time someone expects general practice to carry out additional unfunded and uncontracted work, this reduces general practice’s ability to meet the health needs of our own patients.”

 

General practices are asking patients to:

Be respectful and kind

Be self sufficient

Be prepared

Be thoughtful

Be Covid aware

Be patient

Be cancer aware

 

Dr Grant Ingrams added “Be cancer aware is a crucial message. We are concerned that there has been a reduction in people presenting with symptoms of possible cancer or other serious conditions.  We want patients to use services responsibly so we can see those with worrying symptoms without delay.

 

Dr Nainesh Chotai concluded “general practitioners and our staff have been affected like other members of our communities.  Too many of our colleagues, family members, friends, and patients who we have known for many years, have died or otherwise suffered.  Today, we are asking for our patients to work with us, and for other services to recognise our current limitations.  Together we can ensure that we focus our resources on patients with the greatest health need and get through this pandemic and the recovery period minimising the long term damage to the health of our communities.”