Should you need to see a doctor but are unable to get to the surgery because of the severity of your illness, or because you are housebound, then you should ring the surgery to discuss the need for a home visit.
To do this you should telephone the surgery you normally attend before 10.00am and be prepared to answer a few simple questions about your problem. This will help the doctor decide the urgency of any necessary visit.
Home visits are very time consuming and more difficult than seeing a patient in the surgery. A doctor can usually see several patients at the surgery in the time it takes to make a single house call. Computerised records and some pieces of medical equipment which are so helpful in modern general practice are only available at the surgery and it is always greatly appreciated if you can make it to the surgery.