Home visits are strictly for housebound patients or patients that are too ill to attend surgery and should be booked before 10am, to enable the doctors to plan their workload.
Please be prepared to discuss your requirements or details of your illness with our receptionists, as this will assist our doctors in assessing the urgency of the visit. All requests will be passed on to a doctor who may call you back.
It is felt that visits should only be made if medically indicated. A visit is not deemed appropriate if a visit is requested for non-medical reasons. By non-medical reasons we mean request for home visits because of transport difficulties or having dependent members of the family who themselves are not medically unfit to travel.
Childhood emergencies are usually best seen at the surgery (home visits cause unnecessary delay in the child being assessed). If you suspect your child to be seriously unwell eg meningitis etc then BRING your child to the surgery straight away! - walk, get a lift, call a taxi -or call ‘999’, see emergency advice page, if appropriate.
A common reason for a request for a home visit for children is that parents do not want to bring their child out as they are unwell and that the weather is to cold and the child would get worse. This is simply not the case and often it actually helps -- many a time mothers say to us that their child was much worse before they came to see us (the child’s temperature having been lowered by leaving the house).
This policy of ‘visiting only if medically indicated’ has been clarified in the GP contract, where it has been stated, that it is the duty of a general practioner to carry out a home visit if it is medically indicated.