A Housebound patient is defined as being an individual who is unable to leave their home environment due to a physical or psychological illness.
An individual is not housebound if they are able to leave their home with minimal assistance to visit, for example, Neighbours, Hairdresser, Supermarket, Bingo. Each patient will be individually assessed to determine their eligibility for home visits by a qualified GP. Mobile patients will, wherever possible, request to attend the surgery for their care.
- All housebound patients on medication will have had a 12 monthly review by their GP.
- All housebound patients will receive annual chronic disease reviews from either the Community District Nursing services or the Practice nursing staff. Review dates will be determined by the surgery.
- Blood tests when required will also be taken by either the District nursing services or practice Phlebotomists.
Urgent Visit Requests
If you or someone you care for are housebound and require an urgent visit please ensure you contact the surgery before 10am to make this request. This will assist us in planning and prioritising the home visits each day. Before the visit a GP will usually call you or the patient to confirm details. Visits take place after morning surgery has finished.