The following visit guidelines and examples are approved by many Local Medical Committees around the country.
GP visit recommended
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 a deterioration in their medical condition or unacceptable discomfort
GP visit is not usual
In most cases, to visit would not be an appropriate use of a GPs time 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 usually 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.
It is not a doctor’s job to arrange such transport.
Adults with common problems, such as cough, sore throat, influenza, back pain and abdominal pain, are also readily transportable by car to doctor’s premises.
Common problems in the elderly, such as poor mobility, joint pain and general malaise, would also be best treated by consultation at doctor’s premises. The exception to this would be the truly bed bound patient.
All visit requests will be assessed by a doctor and those requesting visits will usually be contacted by phone to discuss their request.