These should only be requested for patients who are too ill or infirm to travel to the surgery. When making a request for a home visit please phone before 10:30 whenever possible. The receptionist will ask you for some details about the problem to help the doctor decide how urgent your request is. You should also give clear instructions, such as address, stair or flat number and telephone number.
The duty doctor will review requests for home visits each day and may give advice or suggest surgery attendance if appropriate. There are very few illnesses that could be made worse by a short trip to the surgery.
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.