Ribblesdale Medical Practice

How to register

New patients can register in the following ways:

  1. You may call into the surgery bringing with you your NHS medical card from your previous doctor
  2. If you cannot find your medical card or if you do not have one, you may still call in at the surgery to register but will need to complete the appropriate forms.  This method of registering is less preferable as it may take longer to trace your medical records.
  3. You may register pre-register online. You will need to do this for each member of your family.  When we receive your details we will complete the paperwork and write to you asking you to attend the surgery to sign the forms and bring in your proof of ID.

Pre-registering online

If you wish to pre-register, click on the link below to open the form. When you have completed all of the details, click on the “Send” button to mail your form to us. When we receive your pre-registration forms we will contact you to arrange to come in and sign this form and take a copy of your two forms of ID.

Ribblesdale Medical Practice Pre-registration Form

When you register you will also be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire. This is because it can take a considerable time for us to receive your medical records. There is an online version of this file too, which you may fill out and send to us. When you come to the surgery you will be asked to sign this form to confirm that the details are correct.

Online Medical Questionnaire For New Patients

Note that by sending the form you will be transmitting information about your self across the Internet and although every effort is made to keep this information secure, no guarantee can be offered in this respect.

Alternatively you may print off a registration form, fill it out and bring it in with you on your first visit to the practice.


A combination of the following can be accepted as identification (it is preferable that one item of photo ID is seen, along with one document containing the patient’s address):

  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • medical card
  • driving licence
  • passport
  • local authority rent card
  • paid utility bills
  • bank/building society cards/statements
  • National Insurance number card
  • payslip
  • letter from Benefits Agency/benefit book/signing on card
  • papers from the home office
  • P45.

This list is not exhaustive. The following documents are easily obtained but will not be accepted as proof of identity if presented in isolation:

  • library card
  • video rental card
  • health club card
  • private rent book.

If we are unable to accept your registration, for example if you live outside our practice area, we will inform you accordingly.

All new patients are offered a health check with a member of the healthcare team to ensure that any required tests are up to date and that we have an accurate note of any repeat medication you may be taking.

Medical treatment is available from the date of registration. Please contact reception for further information.

Temporary Registration

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.

Follow the link to download the temporary registration form

Guide to GP Services

The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them.

Follow the link to download the guide

Date published: 10th October, 2014
Date last updated: 16th April, 2020