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 practice.
We will always visit
- The terminally ill
- The truly bedbound patient, where travel to the surgery by car would cause a deterioration in medical condition or unacceptable discomfort
Local guidelines state that a visit is unlikely to be required in the following cases:
- Common symptoms of childhood : fevers, coughs, colds, earache, headache, diarrhoea/vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain. These patients are almost always well enough to travel by car. It may well be that these children are indeed not fit to travel by bus or to walk, but car transport is a sensible option and often available from friends, relatives, neighbours or taxi firms.
- Adults with common problems of cough, sore throat, “flu-like” symptoms, chronic back pain, dental problems, lost prescriptions/tablets
You can also be visited by the Community Nurse, if you are referred by the GP. You should also be visited by the Health Visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are a newly registered with the practice and have a child under the age of 5 years.