Requests for emergency visits take priority at all times. For a home visit please telephone before 10.30am so that the doctors have enough time to arrange their visits in order of urgency and therefore avoid unnecessary delays.
Home visits are for people whose illness renders them truly housebound. The doctor can see four or five patients in surgery during the time it takes to do one home visit.
Typical examples of home visits are for people who are:
- Terminally ill
- Elderly and infirm
- Where the journey to the surgery would exacerbate their condition, for example a severe disc prolapse.
For most other conditions doctors expect patients to be seen in surgery and the doctors may need surgical equipment for examination, which would not be available at home. When requesting a home visit, it is necessary to leave a contact telephone number.
Please bear in mind that emergency appointments are offered each day.