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Temporary Registration

If you are ill while away from home and need to receive treatment for an acute medical emergency you can register as a temporary 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 local area where you are already registered.

If you have run out of medication while away from home, and are registered with a Scottish GP practice, you can attend any community pharmacy who will be able to help you without being seen by a GP.

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