Home vsitsLast Updated: Tuesday, 08 August 2023
Important: Essential home visits
Except in cases where someone is unable to leave their home for any purpose at all, it is better for them to be seen at the surgery. The doctor has access to the patients full medical record and a full range of medical equipment.
How to book a home visit
If you need a home visit, we ask that you contact us as early as possible in the morning, preferably before 10.00am.
You may be asked to provide the reception team with some details regarding why you require a home visit. Please do not be offended by this. This information is needed so that the doctor can assess the urgency and prioritise visits.
When to ask for a home visit
Our GP's will carry out home visits, but these are only for patients who are truly housebound, i.e. patients whose condition prevents them from being able to attend surgery.
When not to ask for a home visit
Please do not ask for a home visit unless the patient cannot make it to the surgery.
Most children can be safely brought to the surgery by car.
A number of patients can be seen at the surgery in the time that it takes to visit one patient at home.
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.