16 Westgate, Friockheim, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 4TX

    Telephone: 01241 828 444 ( Out of hours: 111 )
    Email: friockheim.tayside@remove-this.nhs.net

    Change to registering with the practice at present

    Abbey Health Centre in Arbroath has decided to terminate their contract with NHS Tayside and this will end on 31 July 2020.  Due to this, NHS Tayside agreed that applications to register from patients who were already registered with a practice in the area may be refused by the other Arbroath and Friockheim practices. It was also agreed at this time that these practices would only accept registrations from the small number of new patients who come to the area.  This decision was taken as a pragmatic approach to support the remaining practices in Arbroath and Friockheim in managing their capacity whilst a plan was being developed to secure the continued safe delivery of primary medical services.

    Since the introduction of this local arrangement, and although not directly linked to NHS Tayside's decision, there has also been further development nationally in this respect.  The Scottish Government has recently issued clarification to all GP practices across Scotland that they should accept applications to register from patients who are new to their areas.  However, whilst patients who are already registered with a GP in their area are able to apply to another practice, those practices are not obliged to accept them, nor is the Health Board required to assign them to a practice list.

    Abbey Health Centre will continue to provide all of its registered patients with a full range of primary medical services until 31 July 2020.  As stated in the Health Board's letter which was sent to these patients of 19 February 2020, their patients will be contacted again before 31 May 2020 with details of the arrangements which have been made for their ongoing care and treatment.

    We will update this site once we have further information from NHS Tayside in relation to the decision made regarding the future of Abbey Health Centre.

    Thank you.

    Updated 28 April 2020

    Registering with Us


    Practice Catchment Area

    Our practice area is shown with our catchment area marked.
    Click on the map to enlarge it and check if you live within our catchment area.

    If you are unsure, you can also contact reception to confirm. 

    If you change your name and address or telephone number please inform us as soon as possible. If you move out of the practice area, you will be required to re-register with a more local practice.

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    How to Register as a Patient

    If you live in our practice catchment area you can join our list. To register please visit the surgery with the following information:

    • GPR Registration Form: To be completed in full and signed. We request proof of identity for all new patients registering. The GPR Registration form can be downloaded here, or is available from reception.
    • Two forms of identification: One being photo identification and the other a utility bill or similar to confirm residence.

    Please note that patients will be registered to the practice not a specific GP.

    Health Questionnaire and New Patient Check

    You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and all patients will be offered a new patient check with the practice nurse, allowing us to provide medical care in the interim period, while your medical records are transferred from your old practice to your new GP.

    Repeat Medication

    If you are on repeat medication, you must see the doctor first before a prescription can be issued.

    Changes to Personal Details

    If you move house, please let us know. If the move is still within our practice catchment area we would be happy to continue to provide your care. Please also inform the practice if you change your telephone number, whether it is a landline number or your mobile number. Some hospital departments use telephone numbers to contact patients rather than letters.

    Period of Non-Registration with a GP Practice

    Where a patient is not registered with a GP practice for any reason, the period of non-registration may invalidate specific policies e.g. a travel insurance policy:

    Some companies ask that you are:

    • A permanent resident of the United Kingdom
    • Registered with a Medical Practitioner in the United Kingdom
    • Travelling from and returning to the United Kingdom

    Guide to GP Services

    The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them.

    Online Services

    You can also register for online services to order repeat prescriptions and book certain appointments online. See our Patient Services page for further information.

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    Patients from Overseas

    There are laid down guidelines for patients from overseas which vary depending on the country of origin. Additional / Other documentation may be required in these circumstances - the Practice Manager or Reception Staff can advise.

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    Temporary Registration

    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.

    Download the Temporary Resident Registration Form