Home visits are for:
- those who are house bound (usually the elderly or severely disabled)
- individuals that are so unwell it is impossible for them to travel to the surgery
The average patient takes 10 minutes in the surgery. The average visit (including time there and back) takes one hour. This means that most visits are delayed until after a surgery.
All patients will be telephoned by the doctor on requesting a visit. The symptoms and situation will be clarified to assess clinical need and urgency – at this point the doctor may:
- give direct medical advice
- make arrangements/suggestions to see you at the health centre
- arrange a visit