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Home Visits

Doctor's bag

Home visiting is now generally restricted to the truly housebound, the terminally ill and in specific clinical situations after due discussion with the doctor.

If you are considering a visit request, the doctor will usually telephone you to discuss the need for the visit.

Please note that the apparent lack of transport is not a justification for a visit request. Patients without their own car can come into surgery via taxi, public transport or a lift from family and friends.

Children with a temperature are not harmed by a trip to the surgery, in fact a journey in the fresh air will help reduce temperature and enliven them with abdominal pain, back pains, headaches and so on. A dose of painkillers prior to the journey is safe to take and will make the symptoms more tolerable for the journey.

Please remember that in case of severe chest pain lasting more than 20 minutes and associated with breathlessness, sweating or faintness, you should not hesitate to dial 999 for an emergency ambulance.

You can also 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.

 
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