How to Request a Home Visit

 

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These are for housebound patients who are unable to attend the practice. However, please try to come to the practice whenever possible, as the facilities here are better for examination and treatment.

Several patients can be seen in the practice in the time it takes to do one home visit. If you think you require a home visit please make every effort to telephone before 10.00am. The duty doctor will ring to discuss your request before visiting.

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We would request that, apart from the genuinely housebound, all other patients attend the surgery rather than request a home visit because of the extra time home visiting takes. On average four to five patients can be seen in surgery in the time it takes to do a single house call. In addition, the care that can be offered due to the lack of adequate lighting, examination facilities and equipment means that you may not receive as good a service as the doctor may be able to offer if you came to the surgery.

Please note that the doctor may telephone you rather than visit you if this is medically appropriate. Ultimately it is the doctors right to decide whether or not a visit is appropriate for a particular set of circumstances.