You don’t have to reregister with GP, says health bosses

13:23 25 March 2014

Cancer rates have fallen.

Cancer rates have fallen.


There are fears that that thousands of Exmouth’s residents could be dropped by their doctor and ‘deregistered’ if they don’t reply to a government letter ‘within weeks’.

But government health chiefs insist that they are not asking thousands of Exmouth’s residents to reregister with their doctor - they just want to confirm their details.

Last week residents contacted the Journal after they had been sent a text by several GPs’ surgeries.

The text warned patients that they should soon expect to receive a letter from NHS England regarding registration with their doctor.

And the letter said that if residents didn’t reply within four weeks they could be taken off the practice list.

One 87-year-old man from Douglas Avenue who contacted the Journal, but did not want to be named, said: “What happens if I am not around to respond to this letter?

“My wife and I are planning to go on a four week cruise to the Caribbean next week. Will we be taken off the list?”

An NHS spokeswoman said that they were carrying out ‘routine work’ in the region to ensure that details on GP lists were up to date.

She said: “From March 2014, some patients will receive letters asking them to confirm their GP registration details, so that we have an accurate patient list. We are not asking patients to reregister.

“This information is not shared with anyone, it is entirely confidential. Responses are only used to ensure patient contact lists are accurate.

“If patients do not respond within four weeks from the date the letter was sent, a second letter will be sent. If there is no response to either letter then practices will attempt to contact patients to confirm their details. People can respond to the letter by email, text message, telephone or by post. They can also drop into their local surgery.

“If deregistered, those affected will no longer receive important information about their health, screening and will no longer be registered with a GP. We don’t want this to happen, which is why we encourage people to inform their GP practice when they move house or change their name.”


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 14:45

The Mount Charles-owned Fed & Watered Café-Bar in Exeter Airport has won an industry award, presented by former Pop Idol winner Gareth Gates.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:33

Do you have spooky happenings at home? With Halloween on the horizon, take the spook-tacular quiz to find out if those unexplained bumps in the night are your imagination, or signs of a haunted home.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:37

A 61-year-old Budleigh Salterton man who grew cannabis for his own use has been handed a suspended jail sentence

Read more
Yesterday, 13:24

‘Flying ant day’, when swarms of ants emerge in mass mating flights all over the UK, is a ‘myth’, scientists say.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:01

UK water companies, including South West Water, have written to Trading Standards over misleading marketing and packaging of wipes and other sanitary products that claims these items are ‘flushable’.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

An Exmouth medical practice is celebrating after being recognised for its innovative approach to healthcare.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A Budleigh Salterton woman has taken on a 150-ft abseil to raise funds for the charity which has helped her family.

Read more
Tue, 14:08

Half term forest school activities were taking place this week with lots of children

Read more
Tue, 14:01

Children enjoyed a pop-up puppet show at Exmouth library performed by The Wild Toy Theatre.

Read more
Tue, 11:00

The Rotary Club of Exeter Enterprise is holding a polio lunch in Topsham on Sunday, November 20, starting at 12.30pm for 1pm.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications