Home Visits



    • Doctor's bagIf possible please try to telephone reception before 10:00 if you require a home visit

    • A home visit may only be requested for a patient if they are bed-bound, terminally ill, too ill to visit the practice or would come to serious harm if moved.  Please only ask for a home visit if your request fits the above criteria - your ANP/doctor could see several patients at the practice in the time it would take them to do one home visit.  Under their terms of work, GPs are required to consider a home visit for medical reasons only.  The GP or Trainee ANP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. 

    • Home visits are not appropriate for children, young people and those who are mobile (this includes those who are able to leave the house for activities such as shopping/banking/dental appointments/coffee).  Requests for home visits due to lack of transport or for social reasons (including convenience) are not appropriate and will be declined

    • Emergency home visits will be undertaken by the Trainee ANP in the first instance

    • If you are receiving a home visit, please ensure that the rooms used will be smoke free (for at least 2 hours preceding the visit), rooms will be well ventilated and any animals/pets are secured in a separate room.  This is to ensure that the medical practitioner can undertake their assessment in a secure environment

    • Due to resource pressures, we are unable to offer routine GP visits, including 'home from hospital' visits.  If you feel you require a non-emergency visit, please contact the surgery to discuss this with your GP in the first instance

    • You can be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years

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