The best and safest place for medical consultation is in a properly equipped surgery with access to nursing aid and diagnostic equipment if necessary. Furthermore, for the time it takes for a doctor to make one home visit, that doctor could probably see five or six patients in the surgery. Therefore, home visits are for those who are housebound or too ill to go out; otherwise we prefer patients to try to come to our surgery.
If a home visit is essential, please try to ring the practice before 10.30am, as this allows the doctor to plan the visits and avoid unnecessary delays. You may find that the receptionists ask for some details of the illness. This is to enable the doctor to assess the urgency of the calls. Your co-operation with the receptionists is appreciated.