Home visits are at the discretion of the doctor. The best, and safest, place for a medical consultation is in a properly equipped surgery with access to nursing aid and diagnostic equipment if required. Several patients can be seen in surgery in the time it takes to do one home visit.
We expect patients to attend the surgery unless genuinely too ill or infirm to travel. Feverish children can quite safely be transported to the Surgery where they can be seen immediately if necessary. We are happy to visit the housebound elderly, but if a patient is normally transported for trips to the shops and other services, then we expect them to attend the surgery.
Where a home visit is essential, please try to give notice before 10:30 on the same day that the visit is required. After this time emergencies only will be attended on the same day.
The receptionist will ask for some details of the illness. This is to enable the doctor to assess the priority of the call. Requests for urgent visits during office hours should be telephoned to 0844 477 3622.