House calls or home visits are carried out mainly by our highly qualified .These experienced Emergency Care Practitioners and are usually only required in exceptional cases – such as the terminally ill, truly housebound or genuine emergencies.
House calls should be requested before 10.00 a.m., if possible. You will be visited at some point during the day
Please remember the doctor can see four or five people in the Health Centre in the time it takes to do one house visit. Requests for essential house visits should be made as early as possible to allow us to plan the day efficiently.
You will not be able to specify the clinician who will visit you. Genuine emergencies will be dealt with immediately.
The community nursing team deal with most of the planned house visits and constantly provide feed back information to the GPs. Routine visits are not carried out after someone comes home from the hospital unless it is medically indicated. Again most of these are dealt with by our highly trained community nurses.
You will 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 old.