If you are unable to come to a surgery please phone before 10.30am. This enables the doctors to plan their visits. Home visits are for those who are housebound or are too ill to attend surgery.
Please phone (01352) 759163 both day and night.
Home visits should be reserved for those who are too ill to attend the surgery. Home visits are extremely time-consuming. The local Health Authority has approved the following guidelines for home visits and the practice, by and large, will follow these:
1. GP visit recommended
• the terminally ill
• the truly bed-bound patient
2. GP visit may be useful
• chest pain
• severe shortage of breath
• severe bleeding
It must be understood that if a GP is about to embark on a booked surgery and is told that one of his/her patients is suffering from symptoms suggesting a heart attack, the sensible approach may well be to call an emergency paramedical ambulance rather than attending.
3. GP visit is not usual
In most cases, to visit would not be an appropriate use of GP's time:-
• Common symptoms of childhood: fevers, cold, cough, earache, headache, diarrhoea/vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain. These patients are usually well enough to travel by car. It is not necessarily harmful to take a child with a fever outside. These children may not be fit enough to travel by bus or to walk but car transport is available from friends, relatives or a taxi firm. It is not a doctor's job to arrange such transport.
• Adults with common problems such as cough, sore throat, influenza, back pain and abdominal pain.
• Common problems in the elderly, such as poor mobility, joint pain and general malaise, would also be best treated by consultation at a doctor's premises.