Housebound Patients

A patient will be deemed to be housebound when they are unable to leave their home environment through physical and / or psychological illness.   

An individual will not be eligible for a home visit if they are able to leave their home environment on their own or with minimal assistance to visit public or social recreational public services, (including shopping).

In addition, an individual would not be classed as housebound as a result of transport difficulties. You can contact one of our Good Neighbours Network to arrange transportation to and from medical appointments. The local Good Neighbours Network contact details are as follows:



How to Request a Home Visit

Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the practice, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:30am.

You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls.

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.

Home Visits