Home Visits

Doctor's bag

Home Visits are for patients who are housebound because of illness or disability, clinically incapable of coming to the surgery, too frail to attend the surgery or where it would be detrimental to the health of the patient if they were to travel to the surgery.

We can see several patients with better facilities for examining and treating patients at the surgery in the time it takes to make one home visit.  Please do not ask for a home visit if you could travel to the surgery or someone could bring you.  Home visits will not be provided because of financial or transport issues.

If possible please try to telephone before 10:00 am.  You will be asked for a reason by our receptionist as this gives the GP some idea of the nature of your problem.  Please do not with hold this information.  All requests for a home visit will be passed to the on-call duty GP.

A GP or nurse may call you back as it could 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 hospital attendance.

Home Visits are at the discretion of the GP after assessing your condition

You can be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP.

You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years of age.