Home visits are available, and where possible should be requested before 10:30am. However unnecessary visits are made which reduce the time available to see patients at the surgery.
A home visit by a GP is appropriate where a patient is either terminally ill or bed bound - when travel by car could cause a deterioration in the medical condition or unacceptable discomfort.
A visit may be made (but more usually an emergency ambulance is sent) when there is myocardial infarction (heart attack), severe shortness of breath or severe haemorrhage (bleeding).
Situation where home visits are not deemed necessary:
- Symptoms of fever, cold, cough, sore throat, flu, back pain, earache, headache, diarrhoea/vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain. These patients are well enough to be brought to the surgery by car.
- Children with a temperature are not at further risk from going outdoors. They may not be well enough to walk or travel by bus but car transport would be acceptable.
- Common problems in the elderly such as poor mobility, joint pain and generally feeling ill would also be best treated at the surgery where we have more resources. The exception to this is if the patient is bed bound.
- The doctor should not be expected to spend time on a visit due to transport difficulties. Please ask for help of friends or neighbours or consider the use of a taxi service.