Do you think you might be in need of a GP home visit?
Firstly, you need to ask yourself:
- Am I physically unable to leave my home to go and see the doctor?
- Do I need urgent treatment that could be given more quickly at home?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then you should call your surgery to enquire about home visits in more detail. It’s important to remember that it’s always better to go to the surgery if you can, as there are more medical facilities on hand. It is easier to carry out tests and examinations, administer vaccinations and prescriptions and specialist equipment and medication is more easily accessible. Your surgery may arrange for a GP to call you back to discuss your condition in more detail. It’s also important to remember that the doctor needs to make a decision based on a number of factors, before deciding to come out.
Like many other professions in the health sector, GP’s now have more intensive caseloads than ever before. As such, it’s imperative that their time is used as productively as possible. In the time it takes a GP to go out to a patient’s home to see one patient, they could be at the surgery seeing 3 to 4 patients in the same timeframe. You can help by being as sure as you can that a home visit is the only way you can see a doctor. Please only request a home visit unless you feel it is absolutely necessary.