If at all possible, it is best to see our patients at the surgery where we have extensive equipment and facilities available as well as easy access to the clinical record and the support of other staff if needed.
However we do appreciate this is not always possible. If you do need a home visit you can help us by calling us on 01275 841630 before 10:00a m.
As a general rule home visits are reserved for patients who are:
- Housebound (do not leave the house for any reason)
- Terminally ill
- So unwell that they cannot be mobilised, or to do so may cause serious harm
The following are not reasons for a GP to provide a home visit:
- Age alone (the criteria apply to both older and younger people)
- Transport problems
- Childcare issues
The visiting doctor will need to prioritise the visits based on clinical need. To support this, please be prepared to pass on some details to the reception staff. The doctor may phone you before visiting to confirm the clinical details and to determine if a home visit is indicated. Occasionally, the doctor will make arrangements for an alternative member of the community team to visit such as a District Nurse.
Please note, home visits are time-consuming and put a great pressure on resources. They are almost never appropriate for children or the usually fit and well and it is the doctor’s right not to visit if he thinks the request is medically inappropriate.
In the event of a genuine life threatening emergency please dial 999. For life-threatening emergencies requesting a visit from a GP can delay life-saving treatment.