Home visits are only for those patients who are seriously ill patients such as the terminally ill or truly housebound. Please make requests before 10.00am if possible, as this will enable the doctor to plan his visits. You will be asked to leave a contact number as all calls received by this time may be assessed by a doctor to see if a house call is needed, or the problem is best dealt with over the phone, or by you attending surgery.
We are prepared to visit people at home if they are housebound or seriously ill, but on average it takes 4 times longer than seeing patients in surgery, so in the interests of other patients, please try and come to the surgery.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no automatic right to a home visit. You request a visit, but it is up to the doctor to decide whether you actually need one or not.
Conditions that do not require Routine Home Visits:
If you have any of the conditions stated below, you should not expect to be visited routinely as it is safe & more appropriate if you are seen in the surgery.
Young Children with: fevers, coughs & colds, wheezing, difficulty breathing, earache, rashes, diarrhoea & vomiting, tummy pains and most other problems.Please note that a child with fever comes to no harm from going into cold air outside. It may even help by reducing their fever.
Older Children & Adults with: Fevers, coughs & colds, ‘flu’, sore throats, back pain, minor breathlessness & other minor problems.
Senior Citizens with: Poor mobility, joint pain, poor memory or tiredness.
The general rule is that if you are fit enough to visit an optician, dentist, friend or do your own shpopping, you can come to the surgery.
Getting to the Surgery
You may not be well enough to travel by bus or walk, but travel by car can be arranged via relatives, friends or taxi firms. It is not the doctor’s job to arrange such transport. Lack of transport is not a reason for a home visit.