Makes clinical sense and is the best way of giving a medical opinion in cases that involve the terminally ill or truly housebound patients for whom travel to the surgery would cause deterioration to their medical condition. Please only ask for a home visit if the patient is too ill to be brought to the surgery. Telephone before 10am if possible and be prepared to give the following details:
- Full name of the patient for whom the request is being made
- Full address of where you would like the doctor to call
- Contact telephone number (land line preferred)
- Details of the patient’s condition.
In some cases you may be put through to speak to one of the doctors to assess the urgency of the visit.
Common Symtoms of Childhood Illness – Fevers, cold, cough, earache, headache, diarrhoea, vomitting and most cases of abdominal pain. These children are usually well enough to travel to the surgery. It is not harmful to take a child with fever outside.
Adult with common problems – such as sore throat, influenza, general malaise, back pain and abdominal pain are also transportabel to the doctor’s surgery
NB: Transport arrangements are the responsibility of the patients or their carers. Please remember that the doctor can see several people in the surgery in the time it takes to do a home visit. It would be appreciated if you attend the surgery whenever possible.