Home Visits

Home visits are for people who are truly housebound or whose medical condition meants they are to ill to travel.

Patients are requested to telephone before 10.30am if a visit is required that day. Only medically urgent visits will be arranged after that time. Please give the receptionist as much information as possible to enable the doctor to prioritise house calls.

We feel that modern health care can best be delivered in a health care setting and therefore we try to discourage home visits. Individual circumstances may make a home visit desirable but please remember that visits by a doctor are not appropriate for common childhood illnesses, headache, earache, tummy bugs, sore throats or flu.

You may not be fit to travel by bus or to walk, but car transport is often available from friends, relatives or taxis. It is not harmful to take a child with a respiratory infection or fever outside.

If you do need a home visit then ring 0121 777 3500 and select option 3.

Visits by the doctor are appropriate for terminally ill patients and truly housebound patients. For sudden serious illness such as heart attack, shortness of breath, severe bleeding, severe abdominal pain it is more appropriate to arrange for an emergency ambulance by dialling 999.

You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should 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.