The home visiting service is for patients who are too ill or infirm to travel, i.e. those that are truly housebound.
It is preferable for the doctors to see patients in surgery, when at all possible, as a more thorough examination is possible. Where possible please make requests for home visits before 10.00am as this helps the doctors to plan their visits.
When booking a home visit with the reception staff, please give full and clear contact details, current address and home address (if different) and problem to enable the doctor to assess and plan accordingly.
The reception staff will then pass on the request to the doctors, who usually visit after morning surgery or as soon as time allows.
Sometimes the doctor will ring to assess the problem and see how urgent it is or whether it is possible to attend the surgery. Non urgent visits may be postponed until the patient's regular doctor is available, or if requests are numerous.
Home visits are allocated in surgery by the doctors and unfortunately a choice of doctor cannot be made.