HOME VISIT POLICY
PATIENTS SHOULD ONLY REQUEST A VISIT IF THEY ARE HOUSEBOUND, HAVE A SERIOUS ILLNESS AND ARE TOO POORLY OR INFIRM TO ATTEND THE SURGERY.
BEFORE REQUESTING A HOME VISIT THE PRACTICE WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF PATIENT’S COULD INVESTIGATE ALL MEANS OF GETTING TO THE SURGERY. HOME VISITS ARE REALLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE BED OR HOUSE BOUND AND CANNOT PHYSICALLY MOVE TO GET TO THE SURGERY.
THE GP’S HAVE ALL THE CLINICAL INFORMATION AND EQUIPMENT TO HAND AT THE SURGERY IN ORDER TO TREAT AND DIAGNOSE WHICH WILL BE UNVAILABLE TO THEM AT YOUR HOUSE.
A HOME VISIT CAN TAKE UPTO AN HOUR OF A GP’S TIME AND IS THEREFORE CRUCIAL THAT WE USE THIS RESOURCE WISELY.
IF HOWEVER YOU STILL FEEL A HOME VISIT IS REQUIRED PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY BEFORE 10.30am IF POSSIBLE IN ORDER THAT THE GP’S CAN PLAN FOR THE VISITS AT LUNCHTIME.
THANK YOU FOR HELP AND CONSIDERATION IN THIS MATTER.
"There is a fairly wide held belief that patients have an automatic right to a Home visit from a GP within the hours of 8am to 6.30pm. This is not the case. Practices will reach a reasonable opinion about whether to attend based on the information received and whether they would be best treated at the Practice"
Extract from the RCGP policy - Royal College of General Practitioners.
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.