Moving to a new practice is as easy as 1 2 3.
- When you enrol with a new GP, you will need to sign a permission form to have your records transferred. After this, your job is done.
- These days, most people will have an electronic medical record. This record (or any paper files) will either be sent by mail then re-entered into the new doctors’ system, OR (preferably) a service provided by Patients First, called GP2GP, enables the medical records to be electronically transferred from one GP to another without manual re-entry.
- Your new GP now has your entire medical record and prescription history.
If you are leaving a practice because you are unhappy with your healthcare experience, please go the Health and Disability Commission website where you can take your complaint further.
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GPs can sometimes reach their capacity and ‘close their books’. GPs should refer you to their PHO who will either find you another GP or put you on a waiting list, while arranging for alternative care in the meantime.
When looking for a GP, we recommend you choose someone that is vocationally registered. The College advocates vocational registration as it ensures practicing GPs are working to a high standard, have good collegial connections and continue to improve their knowledge base year on year.
These GPs have completed three years of specialist training (+8 years medical training) in the field of general practice and are registered with the Medical Council. To maintain their specialist status, sometimes referred to as FRNZCGP, they are required to continuously attend courses, complete audits, be reviewed by peers, and attend seminars and other training activities to keep them up to speed with new developments.
Doctors that are not vocationally registered account for about 10 per cent of the workforce; they are registered with the Medical Council under ‘general scope’ registration.
You can find out if your GP is vocationally registered by searching the list of vocationally registered doctors on the Medical Council website.