Doctors will visit patients at home if they are housebound or genuinely too unwell to come to the surgery.
Home visits are, however, very time consuming and reduce the number of appointments we are able to offer. Doctors can see around five patients at the surgery in the time taken for one home visit. At home we do not have full records and equipment so care is generally better delivered in the surgery.
For these reasons we ask you to request a visit only if you genuinely cannot get to the surgery due to illness or immobility.
We do not consider transport difficulties a sufficient justification for a home visit and it is quite safe to bring a child with a fever to the surgery.
If you think you need a home visit please call the surgery before 10.30am - you will be put through to a doctor to discuss your needs. Visits are undertaken at the end of morning surgery, and visits requested later in the day are highly disruptive causing inconvenience to other patients with booked appointments. Afternoon visits are therefore for medical emergencies only.