Whenever possible please make every effort to come to the surgery rather than request a home visit. This allows the doctor to spend more time with you and to have easier access to medical facilities to help deal with your problems. When a visit is necessary it is helpful if your request is made as early as possible. Please request a home visit prior to 10am.
The receptionist may ask you to discuss your request for a home visit with the doctor.
Guidelines for home visits are:
GP visit recommended for the truly bed bound and terminally ill patients
GP visit not recommended in most other cases such as:
- Common symptoms in childhood - fever, cold, cough, earache, headache, diarrhoea/vomiting. It is not harmful to take a child with a temperature outside and these children can travel by car to the surgery or treatment care. It is not the doctors? job to organise transport.
- Adults with common problems such as a cough, sore throat, flu, back pain and abdominal pain are also readily transportable by car to the doctor.
- Common problems in the elderly, poor mobility, joint pain etc. are better treated by consultation at the surgery.
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.