Mercer's Medical Centre | General Practice & Family Medicine

Mercer's Medical Centre

General Practice & Family Medicine

When is a home visit necessary?

GP visit is not usual

In most of these cases a visit would not be an appropriate use of your GP's time or best for you: 

  • Heart Attack - severe chest pain. The best approach is to call an emergency ambulance.  
  • 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 to the surgery. It is not harmful to take a child with fever outside.  
  • Adults with common problems, such as cough, sore throat, influenza, general malaise, back pain and abdominal pain are also readily transportable to the doctor's surgery. 

GP visit may be useful 

Following a conversation with a health professional, it may be agreed that a seriously ill patient may be helped by a GP's visit.

GP visit recommended 

Home visiting makes clinical sense and is the best way of giving medical opinion, in cases involving: 
-The terminally ill. 
-The truly housebound patient for whom travel to premises would cause deterioration in their medical condition.