If at all possible we prefer to treat patients in the surgery but are happy to visit those who are too sick to attend the Practice.
If you feel you need a doctor to visit, please try to telephone reception before 10:30am with your request for a home visit.
A doctor or nurse may phone you back as it may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or that it would be more appropriate to send a nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance.
House visits are only available for patients who are truly housebound because of illness or disability.
Home visits are more often required for the terminally ill, the truly bedbound (where travel by car would cause a deterioration in the patient's condition or result in unacceptable pain or discomfort) and anyone with severe breathlessness or pain.
Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the Surgery.
Local guidelines state that a visit is unlikely to be required in the following cases:
Common symptoms of childhood such as fevers, coughs, colds, earache, headache, diarrohea/vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain.
Adults with common problems of cough, sore throat, 'flu like' symptoms, chronic back pain, dental problems and lost prescriptions/tablets.
If you do not need to be examined please consider a telephone consultation with your doctor, for example for medication queries or sick certificates.
The doctors and nurses are happy to speak to patients by telephone, outside consulting times. Please leave your details with our reception staff and a doctor / nurse will return your call between surgeries.