What is a ‘named GP’?

You may have heard the phrase ‘named GP’ – but what is a named GP? And what does it mean for you?

A named GP is allocated to every registered patient at the practice. The named GP is accountable and responsible for the co-ordination of all medical services and ensures they are diverted to each of their patients where required. Ultimately, a named GP is for administration purposes, ensuring that a GP within the practice is responsible for that work carried on the patient’s behalf.

Your named GP does not have24-hour responsibility for your care and cannot:

  • Take on responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals.
  • Take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient or have to change their working hours.
  • Be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient.

Patients do not have to see their named GP when they book an appointment. Any newly registered patients will be allocated a named GP  within 21 days of registering. With the right to see any of clinicians, you can request to book an appointment with the GP or clinician of your choice. If you would like to know who your named GP is, ask reception next time you are in the surgery – Its a really quick check!

To provide continuity of care, we always review your record to see which clinician you have seen in the past and we will do our best to book you in with the same one. If you would still like to request a certain clinician, please inform the Patient Co-Ordinator on the phone/reception or add the clinician’s name in the eConsult text box at the end of the form.