Home Visits

Doctor's bag

Home visits are reserved for the following groups of patients:

  • Terminally ill
  • Housebound
  • Patients who are severely ill and cannot be mobilised

Although a traditional part of general practice, home visits are time consuming. Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. We want to see patients as quickly as possible, and the best way is often to encourage them to come to the surgery, because your GP will have access to all your medical records. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the surgery.

Please note that if a care home request a home visit for ambulatory residents, the care home should enable the patient to attend the surgery. 

Babies and small children should be brought to the surgery where we will do our best to see them promptly. If the reception staff are made aware that your child is particularly unwell, they will do everything they can to see that you are not kept waiting unnecessarily to see the doctor.

Transport/social problems – We cannot undertake home visits for reasons of convenience or lack of transport. We will be happy to provide you with details of local taxi firms. From experience, we are aware that relatives, neighbours or friends are often willing to help out. Our responsibility to you is to resolve the medical problem you have; your responsibility is to take all reasonable steps you are able to, to enable us to do that.

Please request a home visit before 10am whenever possible.

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