Home visits take up a considerable amount of GP time and patients are requested to attend surgery where possible. For example, lack of transport is not a reason for a home visit.
A GP may recommend a home visit when it makes clinical sense and is the best way of giving medical opinion, such as cases involving:
- The terminally ill
- The truly house-bound patient for whom travel to the practice would cause deterioration in their medical condition
A GP visit may be useful:
- Following a conversation with a health professional. It may be agreed that a seriously ill patient would benefit from a GP’s visit
A GP visit is not usual for:
- Common symptoms of childhood such as colds, fevers, diarrhoea/vomiting, earache and headache
- Common symptoms in adults such as coughs, sore throats, colds, diarrhoea/vomiting
It is also important to note that transport to and from the surgery is the responsibility of the patient or carer.
All home visit requests must be made before 10:30. Unfortunately when booking a home visit we cannot give you a time that the doctor will be visiting nor can we ask a specific doctor to visit you. All home visits are shared amongst the doctors on that day.