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 a local GP practice for up to 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 whilst remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to permanently register with the local practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact a local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient, however 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. If you are visiting a friend or relative you should register as a temporary patient at their practice.