How to Request a Home Visit
The doctors are happy to visit people at home if they are housebound or genuinely too unwell to come to the surgery.
Home Visits are, however, very time consuming and reduce the number of appointments we are able to offer – doctors could see 4 or 5 people at the surgery in the time taken for just one visit. At home we have limited access to records and equipment so care is generally better delivered in the surgery.
As a rule, we ask that patients come to the surgery whenever possible even if it means asking a relative or friend to bring you or getting a taxi. Children can almost invariably be brought to the surgery rather than seen at home.
We are only obliged to visit at home on the grounds of clinical need and not because of difficulties with transport.
If you think you may need a home visit, please try to call the surgery before 10.00am. Visits are usually done over lunchtime and in the afternoon.
The doctor may call you before coming out to visit to see if there is another way to help you with your problem.