Home Visits

Doctor's bag

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.

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