Visits to residential homes or patients own homes are offered to our housebound patients only when deemed to be medically appropriate. This is normally the case for palliative and end of life care, and for patients who are very frail or have serious physical disabilities. Visits cannot be requested due to a lack of available transport where a surgery consultation is deemed medically more appropriate. Patients in care homes will normally be seen in the surgery when they are medically fit to travel. Visits may be carried out by GP's, our nurse practitioner(s) and our senior nurses depending on the circumstance. Visits can be requested on the day until 11am and thereafter urgent visit requests will always be assessed first by the duty Clinician and alternative action may be recommended.
Please note: Home visits by GP's, nurse practitioner or nurses are not appropriate for the immediate assessment of acutely unwell and normally fit adults or children, in most cases these patients will be offered either urgent surgery appointments or if very poorly a 999 ambulance assessment to allow appropriate urgent investigations and care.