Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do think you may need a home visit, you can help us by calling Patient Services before 10:00.
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. A GP will assess your condition and advise on the most appropriate person to see you: most of our visits are now done by our Primary Care Visiting Service (paramedics with extended training). We also use the Urgent Care Response team if your need is more related to preventing hospital admission by adding in specific care. GPs will visit when their particular skills are needed.
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You may also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you have preschool children and have specific needs or checks best managed by seeing you at home.
Definition of housebound: people who are unable to get into a car and travel to the surgery. In practice, this means those who are bedbound or too unwell or disabled to be assisted to a car. We have many patients who attend surgery in wheelchairs or with walking aids. If you would like to use the surgery wheelchair to get from our carpark, please ask at reception. We make every effort to fit appointment times around your accessibility issues. Again, please ask.