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Home Visits

If you feel you need a doctor to visit you at home, please make your request by telephone between 8:00am and 11:00am if at all possible. The doctor or triage nurse may contact you before visiting to assess the call. Calls after 11:00am may be subject to considerable delay as the doctor may already be out on his/her home visits for the day.

The doctors apply strict criteria in deciding if a home visit is appropriate. A home visit is made where it is medically impossible for a patient to get to the surgery, i.e. patients who are terminally ill and patients who are truly housebound.

Some elderly patients or those with acute symptoms, home assessment may be useful or necessary. However, being seen in the surgery allows a better consultation, as all of the equipment and resources needed are more readily available.

 

Unfortunately, transport issues to visit the surgery are not a justifiable reason for a GP to visit.



 
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