Home Visits

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. So please help us to help you and our other patients by visiting the surgery whenever possible.

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, including those held on computer. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the Surgery.

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.

Please request visits before 10am whenever possible as this allows the Doctor to plan their day accordingly. Late requests often lead to disruption of the appointment system and excessive waiting times for others. A doctor/nurse will call you back on most occasions to assess your problem. This is to enable the doctor to prioritise visits.

Some problems such as severe chest pains or shortness of breath are medical emergencies and you will be advised to dial 999.