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Home Visits

If you are too ill to come to surgery please telephone 020 8542 2827 between 8.30 and 10.00am.

If you are seeking a home visit from your GP please be aware of the following:

Home visits are very time consuming. In the time it takes to visit one patient at your home, your GP can see several patients at the surgery.

Home visits restrict the range of examinations that can be carried out by the GP. Transport to the surgery is the responsibility of the patient, not the doctor. As an indication as to whether a home visit would be available, a short guide is given below:

GP visit is not needed for the following: common symptoms, eg fevers, cough, sore throat, earache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting, most cases of abdominal pain. In these instances most patients are well enough to travel. More accurate diagnosis can also be made with the tests available to your GP at the surgery. Remember it is not harmful to wrap up a child with a fever and bring them to the surgery. Adults with common problems as above are also readily transportable to the doctors’ surgery.

A GP visit may be helpful where the patient or relative is unsure or has doubts about moving the patient. On these occasions patients should discuss their concern with a health professional, following which it may be agreed that a seriously ill patient would be helped by a GP home visit.

A GP home visit is recommended as the best way of giving medical opinion in cases involving: the terminally ill; patients dying of cancer; the truly housebound for whom travel to the surgery would cause deterioration in their medical condition.

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