Patients are asked to telephone before 10.00am if a visit is required that day. Only emergency visits can be arranged after that time.
The Practice uses the North Staffs LMC guidelines on home visits to help decide if a home visit by a doctor is appropriate.
Please give the nurse as much information as possible to enable the Practice to decide how to deal most appropriately with the request.
Home visits are only for patients who are too ill to come to the surgery. The clinician will take into account whether travel by car to the surgery would cause undue suffering or a dangerous deterioration in the patients condition.
A doctor’s ability to properly assess and treat a patient seen in their own home is often impaired by the non ideal clinical situation of poor lighting, unhygienic conditions and such simple difficulties as soft beds making it impossible to examine abdomens correctly. As technology moves on, sophisticated tests, treatments and equipment are increasingly being employed to improve care, much of this is not portable and thus not available on home visits.
Lack of transport is not a reason for a home visit. Home visits should be medically justified and not for social convenience.
Please remember that several patients can be seen at the surgery in the time it takes to do a home visit.