Home visits are intended only for the very ill or housebound. Visits are made after morning surgery (after 12.00 midday). Doctors are unable to visit before this time as they are consulting in the surgery.
To enable the doctors to plan their calls, it would be appreciated if, where possible, requests are made as soon as possible during the working day. This is to ensure that if a very ill patient requires hospital admission, this can be organised as early in the day as possible. This will allow the hospital to carry out any necessary tests or investigations as quickly as possible. The assistance of carers in helping us with this is much appreciated.
When requesting a visit, please give the receptionist as much information as possible to allow the doctor to assess the urgency. The doctor will then phone back. Though it may be appropriate to see patients in their own home, it is often better for you to be seen at the surgery, and the duty doctor may decide that this is the best course of action.