Home visits, whilst convenient, actually offer a lower standard of care compared to surgery consultations. This is because of poor facilities (soft beds, poor lighting, lack of hygiene, lack of equipment); inefficiency (the doctor could see 4 to 6 other patients in the time taken for a home visit); lack of records and chaperones (required for safe care and examinations).
Home visits are appropriate for:
- Terminally ill patients
- Bedbound patients (those who are confined to bed)
- So poorly they would be harmed if moved
Home visits are not appropriate for:
- Children, young people or anyone who is mobile - children are portable and can be seen quickly in the surgery
- Lack of money or transport - this is not a medical responsibility.
- Lack of childcare or been drinking alcohol and not able to drive - this is not a medical responsibility
- Bad weather - we are also affected by snow, ice or bad weather.
- Timed visits between hairdressing and shopping appointment
If you are having chest pain, think you may be having a heart attack or a stroke, please phone 999
If you do require a home visit, please contact Reception before 11 am with a description of your problem. This helps the Doctor plan their day effectively.