As some of you may know, we will only visit certain vulnerable patients at home. Visiting patients who could actually be seen in the surgery puts an unnecessary strain on our resources and damages other aspects of the care we provide. When thinking of requesting a home visit, please ask yourself three questions before calling for a visit -
- Confined to bed
- Terminally ill
- So poorly I would come to serious harm if moved
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please ring and we will assess your individual case.
If you answered no to all 3 questions, we would always ask that you book an appointment here at the surgery instead. By following our simple three question guide, you should be able to request home visits appropriately, Please do not be offended if the GP questions you closely about your request – we do need to assess your suitability for a home visit as we have a duty to ensure that our services are used appropriately for the benefit of all our patients.
- Patients do not have an automatic right to a home visit
- Doctors are required to consider a home visit for medical reasons only
- If you think you qualify for a home visit, please ring before 10.00am
All visit requests will be medically assessed to check if appropriate.