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Home Visits

Doctor's bag

If you are too ill to attend surgery and need a Doctor to visit you at home, please let us know as soon as you can. No visit requests are accepted without prior discussion with a Doctor.

Please see the guidelines below before requesting a home visit.

GP visit recommended for:

  • the terminally ill; or
  • the truly housebound patient for whom travel to the surgery would cause deterioration in their medical condition.

GP visit may be useful for:

  • other patients whose illness has been discussed with the Doctor and is considered serious enough to warrant a visit

GP visit is not usual for:

  • heart attacks – severe crushing chest pain - you need to immediately dial 999 and ask for an ambulance;

or

  • children with common symptoms of childhood such as fever, cough, cold, earache, headache, diarrhoea, vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain. (These patients are usually well enough to travel to the surgery. It is not harmful to take a child with fever outside);

or

  • adults with common problems such as cough, sore throat, influenza, general malaise, back pain and abdominal pain as these are all problems that would not normally prevent someone from being transported to the surgery. (Transport arrangements are the responsibility of the patients or their carers).
 
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