Patients are eligible for home visits for routine treatment only when a patient is unable to leave their home due to physical or psychological illness as this type of appointment takes much more time than if the patient is able to make it into their local clinic or GP surgery.
A patient will be deemed to be housebound when they are unable to leave their home environment through physical and/or psychological illness.
An individual will not be eligible for a home visit if they are able to leave their home environment on their own or with minimal assistance to visit public or social recreational public services (including shopping).
Wherever possible patients are encouraged to attend local community venues for their care.
- All housebound patients on medication will have had a 12 monthly review by their GP.
- All housebound patients will receive annual chronic disease reviews from the Practice nursing staff. Review dates will be determined by the surgery.
- Blood tests when required will also be taken by either the District nursing services or practice Phlebotomists.
Urgent Visit Requests
If you or someone you care for are housebound and require an urgent visit please ensure you contact the surgery to make this request. This will assist us in planning and prioritising the home visits each day. Before the visit a GP will usually call you or the patient to confirm details.