We would ask if possible that patients do attend the surgery and that the home visiting service is reserved for those who are terminally ill or are completely house bound.
Home visits do take a long time and limit the number of patients we can see so do try to get to the surgery if you can. In general home visits are not as satisfactory as visits to the surgery given that the doctors do not have your full records available and only limited clinical equipment.
If transport is an issue there is usually somebody (a friend, a neighbour, a relative) who can give you a lift down in a car. Home visits are intended for those with a medical need, ie for those who are too ill to come to the surgery, not for those for whom it is inconvenient or who do not wish to use transport.
For those patients who struggle with their mobility we are happy for them to exit the car or taxi right at the main entrance although we ask not to park there or block access to the site for others.
Remember that we can see several people at the surgery in the time it takes to do one home visit. If you are too unwell to come to the surgery, it is helpful if you can phone for a visit before 10.00am so that the doctors can visit between surgeries.
1 Home visit =
4 lost face to face appointments
Please ensure a home visit is necessary.