Proposed Change To Practice Boundary

Updated on 19th January 2018 at 10:51 am


UPDATE (20/04/2018)
As of 1st April 2018, the proposed changes outlined below are now in place.  The practice can confirm that any patients, currently registered outside of the new practice boundary will remain with Marine Medical Group. This will remain in place until such a time you change address to another outside of the practice boundary.


The practice has applied to NHS England to change the current boundary of the practice. This WILL NOT affect any patients who are currently registered with the practice.

Due to the number of new houses being built in the area the practice has requested to have its boundary reduced to end at the Spine Road (just before the Bebside railway line). This is to protect the services that we currently are able to provide to patients to enable us to continue to provide a high level of care to our patients.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this please see the FAQ sheet which may answer this, otherwise please speak to Natalie Armstrong (Practice Manager) or Ross Kemp (IT & Strategy Manager).

You can also contact our Patient Participation Group (PPG) at


Frequently asked questions

I am currently registered with the practice but I am living in one of the estates which is now outside of the new boundary will I have to move practices?

  • No-. You will continue to be registered with the practice and be entitled to the same service as any other patient.

A member of my family who was previously registered with the practice is moving back home and we live outside of the new boundary; can they re-register with the practice?

  • Unfortunately not. The practice cannot register any patients outside of the new boundary, even if they were previously registered with the practice.

I am currently registered with the practice but I am moving to an address which is outside of the boundary, can I remain registered with the practice?

  • No, you will need to register with a practice that includes your new address in their boundary.

I am currently pregnant and live in one of the estates which is now outside of the new boundary, will I have to register my baby with a different practice?

  • No this is the only exception to new boundary, new babies will remain with the practice the parents are registered at.

Why do practices have boundaries?

  • Practices have boundaries to enable the GPs to deal with patients in a timely manner. If a patient requires a home visit the travel time has to be factored into the visit.  If patients live outside of the practice boundary the GPs wouldn’t be able to visit as many patients.
  • It also means if we keep patients who no longer live within the practice boundary those patients who move into the boundary cannot register as the practice can only deal with a certain amount of patients.

How do I find a GP practice who I can register with?

  • NHS choices can advise this if you do not have access to the internet any practice near your address can be approached to enquire if they can register you as a patient.


If you have any comments or questions you would like to make regarding this please contact the practice and speak to either Natalie Armstrong or Ross Kemp or alternately you can send feedback to the practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) at