New Patient Registration


Our patient registration policy does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, social class, age, religion, sexual orientation or appearance, disability or medical condition.

How to Register

Check you live within the boundary area

Enter your post code to check you live within the practice boundary area and register with our practice.

New Patients

For patients new to the area our Practice Boundary is 3 miles. Please ensure you check this on google maps prior to registering the patient. 

Already Registered With The Practice

For patients moving outside the 3 mile boundary the limit is 4 miles with the exception of the following: 

  • East: along A681 Todmorden Road to Sourhall Road (3.5 miles) 
  • West: along A681, over Booth Road to Staghills Road (3.6 miles) and along A681 Bacup Road to Lench Road Waterfoot (3.5 miles) 
  • South:  along the A671 road to Union Street junction Whitworth (4.0 miles) 
  • North: along the B6238 Burnley Road East to Shawclough Road (3.6 miles) 

Temporary Services

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 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.

Further Information on Temporary Registration

Your Named GP

As part of the commitment to more personalised healthcare for patients, NHS Employers and the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association have agreed that all patients will have a named accoutable GP

  • Irwell Medical Practice will ensure that there is a named accountable GP assigned to each patient
  • New patients will be allocated a GP at the time of registration

Your named accountable GP will be the same as your registered GP however this does not affect your ability to see any GP of your choice as you currently do.

You do not need to take any further action, but if you have any questions, or wish to discuss this further with us, please contact us on 01706 335340

Use The NHS App

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Find out more and download the app

Visit the NHS website to learn more