Information for Patients
The surgery will follow these guidelines
Examples of such situations are
Patients are therefore advised to ring the emergency services directly.
GP/NP is likely to visit for these conditions
GP home visiting makes clinical sense and is the best way of giving a medical opinion in cases involving:
The terminally ill
The truly bed-bound patient, for whom travel to premises by car would cause deterioration to their medical condition or unacceptable discomfort.
GP/NP MAY visit for these conditions
Those who are not usually bed-bound but have a clinical condition that prevents them from being ambulatory.
GP/NP will NOT usually visit for these conditions and circumstances and it is expected that the patient will attend the surgery to be seen.
Common symptoms of childhood fevers, cold, cough, earache, headache, diarrhoea /vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain. These patients are usually well enough to travel by car. It is not harmful to take a child with a fever outside. These children may not be fit to travel by bus or walk, but car transport is available from friends, relatives or taxi firms.
Adults with common problems, such as a cough, sore throat, influenza, back pain and abdominal pain, are also readily transportable by car to the surgery premises.
Common problems in the elderly, such as poor mobility, joint pain and general malaise, would also best be treated by consultation at the surgery premises where the facilities are available for full examination and investigations. The exception to this would be the truly bed-bound patient.
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