Home visits are available on request for patients who are housebound because of illness or disability.
If possible please try to telephone reception before 10am if you require a home visit.
A doctor or nurse may phone you back as it may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or that it would be more appropriate to send a nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance.
Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the Health Centre.
- Terminally ill
- A truly bedbound patient in whom travel to the surgery by car would cause a deterioration in their medical condition
Visit Not Recommended:
In most of the following cases a home visit would not be an appropriate use of a doctors time.
- Common symptoms of childhood (fevers, cold, cough, earache, headache, diarrhoea/vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain). These patients are usually well enough to travel by car. It is not necessarily harmful to take a child with a fever outside. These children may not be fit to travel by bus or walk, but car transport may be available from friends, relatives or taxi firms. It is not a doctors responsibility to arrange such transport.
- Adults with common problems (cough, sore throat, influenza, back pain and abdominal pains). These patients are also readily transportable to the surgery. Common problems in the elderly (such as mobility problems, joint pain and general malaise) would also best be treated by consultation in the surgery.