New Patients

Register as a New Patient

The practice welcomes new patients who live within our practice catchment area. You will be asked to complete a NHS registration form and a practice new patient questionnaire.

Two proofs of identity will be required:

  • Photographic ID (i.e. passport, driving licence)
  • Proof of Address (i.e. bank statement)
    • within the last 3 months to confirm your address

Each registering adult must attend, to prove their identity.

You can register as a temporary patient for up to three months if you are staying with someone within the catchment area.

You may register at any time, but we advise not to come over the lunchtime period due to staff shortages.

Under 18s

If you are registering on behalf of a person under 18 years old please ask at reception for the relevant registration form

Online Registerations

You can now register online via this link Octagon Medical Centre Online Registration form 

Please be aware you may be asked to provide us with ID as verification. 

Practice Area

The map below shows our Practice boundary.

Please note; Purple is the standard practice boundary whilst our extended boundary will be for anyone who is in the Bolton area - with agreement to NO VISITS

Practice Boundary

Temporary Patient Registrations

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.

Accountable GP

From 1st April 2015, practices are required to allocate all patients (including children) with a named accountable GP.

The named GP is responsible for the coordination and delivery of all appropriate services, where required based on clinical judgement, to each of their patients.

  • Patients do not need to see their named GP when they book an appointment with the practice.
  • Patients are entitled to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice.

Accessing someone else’s information

As a parent, family member or carer, you may be able to access services for someone else. We call this having proxy access. We can set this up for you if you are both registered with us.

To requests proxy access:

  • collect a proxy access form from reception

Linked profiles in your NHS account

Once proxy access is set up, you can access the other person’s profile in your NHS account, using the NHS App or website.

The NHS website has information about using linked profiles to access services for someone else.

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:

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