New Patients

We are happy to welcome new patients at Bowland Medical Practice. You may need to have a new patient medical with the nurse before you see the doctor.  Your previous healthcare record will be transferred to us once registration is completed. This can take some time so if you need medications whilst you are waiting please get in touch (you can use the medication request form on the home page). 

Please note we may require identification as part of the process.  This will depend on individual circumstances.

Catchment Area

Temporary Patient Registrations

If you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one, you can receive emergency treatment for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.

To register as a temporary resident you will need to contact the surgery and complete and return this form

You can register as a temporary resident with a GP in England if you are in the area for longer than 24 hours, but less than three months.

For further information visit

Non-English Speakers

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:

Chinese (Cantonese)Portuguese
Chinese (Mandarin)Spanish

Find Your NHS Number

Sometimes when filling in online forms or speaking with our staff, you may be asked for your NHS number.

This online tool will help you find your number if you do not know it.

Please Note

You do not need to know your NHS number to use NHS services, but it can be useful to have it.

Other ways to get your NHS number

If you cannot get your NHS number online you can:

  • find it on any letter from the NHS like a prescription or appointment letter
  • call your GP surgery and ask them for your number

What is a ‘named GP?’

Newly registered patients will be assigned a named GP at the surgery. Our system is to rotate the named GP accepting new patients at Bowland Road. Patients are free to book an appointment with any of the doctors. If you want to have a specific named GP then please inform our practice manager. If you wish to book an appointment with a specific GP we can arrange this but there may be a slightly longer waiting time. It is not possible to over a same day urgent appointment with a specific GP but all the healthcare professionals at the GP surgery have access to the electronic health record and can see previous consultations.