We have had to stop the vast majority of home visits for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency. We will aim to provide support to housebound patients by telephone and other remote systems. In particular, GPs and other Primary Care staff are not equipped to visit people suffering from Covid-19. Most Covid-19 infections are mild and will resolve without medical help. The small number of people who get very severe Covid-19 symptoms may need hospital admission, which should be arranged through the 111 service (use the web site first, to see if you are likely to have Covid-19 and if you need to ring 111).
Whenever possible we prefer to see patients in the surgery. This is where we have the best facilities for diagnosis and treatment, and it allows us to maximize the time doctors spend with patients.
If it is difficult for you to come to surgery, please discuss the problem with our reception staff, who may be able to make arrangements to help you come to see us. If you are truly housebound we will visit you at home.
If you are requesting a home visit, please try to ring before 10am, as most home visits are performed in the morning.
Home visits are done by a duty doctor, who may not be your usual GP.
You can be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.