Owing to an increasing demand for home visits within our surgery, we have found it necessary to remind patients of our policy. Please note this has been done with guidance published for GP’s across Derbyshire by the Local Medical Committee and Derbyshire GP Taskforce.
The NHS does not provide an automatic entitlement for home visits.
The update is needed to ensure that patients are seen in the best place for their medical needs. With advances in medicine, and the equipment available in GP surgeries, the surgery is often a more appropriate place to be seen to allow more effective diagnosis of your medical problem.
We also need to consider that in the time taken for one home visit, 3 or more patients can be seen in surgery.
Housebound definition – “A patient will be deemed to be housebound when they are unable to leave their home environment through physical and/ or psychological illness, this can be a temporary or permanent position. An individual will not be eligible for a home visit if they are able to leave their own home environment on their own or with minimal assistance to visit public or social, recreational public services (including shopping). The ultimate responsibility to determine whether a patient requires a home visit rests with the assessing clinician. Patients assessed as not meeting the criteria for housebound will be expected to attend a clinic or surgery setting.”