Home Visits

Home Visiting Policy

In previous generations GPs would frequently undertake many home visits and even today we have a significant number of requests from patients asking to be visited at home. For the most part, GPs often thought of this as a fulfilling part of their jobs. Unfortunately today however, like most areas of the NHS there is an increasing demand on our service, more medical complexity and limited resources. In addition our practice boundaries cover a very wide geographical area. In order to attempt to meet the demands of all of our patients it is important that we limit home visits to those patients who genuinely need it.

Examples of patients of whom a home visit might be appropriate would include patients who are terminally ill (in the final days of life) and patients who are bed bound with a chronic condition an example of which would be patients with end stage motor neuron disease. All other patients will be expected to attend the surgery for an appointment.