How do I obtain a visit?
Patients are requested to telephone before 10.00am if a home visit is required that day.
Please give the receptionist as much information as possible to enable the doctor to allocate priority to the house call request.
The doctor may telephone you before attending you at home.
Please remember that several patients can be seen at the surgery in the time it takes to do a home visit and a visit is at the doctors'discretion.
What is the definition of 'housebound'?
"A patient who is deemed to be housebound when they are unable to leave their home environment through a physical or psychological illness. A patient is not considered housebound if he or she is able to leave their house with minimal assistance or support. For example: unassisted/assisted visit to the Doctor, dentist, hairdresser, supermarket, social events or hospital outpatients.
Some patients may not be housebound permanently but rather are housebound temporarily as a consequence of an episode of illness".
Minimal assistance would be described as a person who can leave their own home and travel to a clinic appointment in a vehicle such as a personal car, taxi or public transport adapted for their use or not and with or without the use of a wheelchair either by themselves or with an escort.
To avoid confusion any person who requires a specialist vehicle (Ambulance) or a two person escort would be regarded as housebound.
To avoid further confusion a person will not be regarded as housebound because they do not personally have a companion to escort them to a clinical appointment.