The United Kingdom is the only country where home visits are frequently made by general practitioners. It is now accepted in the UK that the need for a patient to be seen at home, as opposed to attendance at the surgery, must be assessed solely on medical grounds.
This means that if patients are physically able to attend surgery they will be asked to do so, unless they are clearly infirm or housebound. We would point out that, generally, patients are better served when seen at the health centre than in less suitable surroundings at home.
The same factors apply to out-of-hours requests for contact with a doctor. We ask you to consider carefully before accessing this service, since true emergencies are more likely to need to be seen in hospital, and most children who are unwell can be brought to the surgery where they will be seen with the minimum wait.
Most of the doctors do their visiting between morning and afternoon surgery, so if you do require the service, and fulfil the criteria, please try to phone before 11:00.