On average, seeing you at home takes five times as long as seeing you in the surgery. Please try and help us save time by keeping home visits to a minimum. If you develop an illness and think you are not well enough to come to the surgery, please telephone before 10am. Sometimes or that maybe necessary is for the doctor to give you advice over the telephone, particularly when the problem is something like flu, babies and young children can often be brought to the surgery when we will see them without delay if we know you are coming.
The following guidelines are to help you understand a doctors’ approach to home visiting.
A doctor will usually visit in the following cases:
- terminal and severe illness
- house or bed bound patients who are physically unfit to travel
A routine doctors’ visit maybe not be helpful if a patient is suffering from:
- severe chest pain
- severe shortness of breath
- severe bleeding
- any kind of collapse