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Home Visits

Doctor's bag

Home visit requests need to be booked before 10:30. Requests after this time are assessed by the duty doctor.

When you phone, the receptionist will ask you for some brief details to enable the doctor to prioritise the visits. The doctor may phone you back to discuss this further.

Please do not ask a doctor to call unless you are too unwell or disabled to leave your home. A GP can see three or four people in the surgery in the time taken to make one home visit, making it a very poor use of a doctor's time if a visit is not necessary, and we would therefore request that you come to the surgery if physically possible.

Lack of transport does not necessarily make a patient housebound and is not usually regarded as a justification for a visit.

You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.

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