Our home visit policy is based on the GMC contract & BMA guidance. Although traditional part of general practice, home visits are time consuming.
Home Visits are generally reserved for the following groups of patients:
- Terminally ill
- Patients who are severely ill in bed
Home visits are not for people who have transport issues, or poor mobility, or unwell children.
Having someone present at your home visit provides a safeguard both for the patient and Clinician and also improves communication with carers. If you do not have carer/relative or friend who can be present at the time of your home visit please inform the staff when requesting your visit. A visit will not be refused due to lack of a chaperone, however alternative arrangements may need to be arranged ie, attending the surgery, contacting the district nursing services etc.
Most visits are made after morning surgery, so please request visits as early as possible before 11am. Requests for visits in the afternoon or evening should be for sudden emergencies only and not for problems that have existed for some time.
Visit requests outside of surgery hours and which cannot wait until the next surgery please contact 111 service who will advise regarding the appropriate action to take. For any medical emergencies please contact 999.