Our doctors are happy to visit patients in their homes if they are housebound or too unwell to come to the surgery. However, each home visit takes roughly the same amount of time as seeing four or five patients in the surgery, so we do encourage patients to come in for an appointment where possible.
When a doctor sees a patient in their home they do not have access to the same equipment or medical records as they would if they were at the surgery. Care is therefore better delivered in the surgery. As a rule, we ask that people come to the surgery whenever possible, even if it means patients asking relatives or friends to bring them.
Please note that we will only visit at home on the basis of clinical need and not because of difficulties with transport.
If you feel that you need a home visit please could you telephone the surgery before 11.00 am. Visits will usually be carried out over the lunchtime period. Home visit requests that are received after this time tend to cause disruption to the afternoon surgeries and therefore may not be possible. The doctor may well telephone before they come to see you, to find out more about your needs and make a decision about the best way of helping you.