The GPs at Market Rasen Surgery are willing to visit patients at home if they are housebound or genuinely too unwell to come to the surgery.
Home visits are, however, very time consuming and reduce the number of appointments we are able to offer.
GPs could see 4 or 5 patients at the surgery in the time taken for just one visit.
At a patients home the GPs do not have access to full records and equipment so care is generally better delivered in the surgery.
As a general rule, we ask that patients come to the surgery whenever possible even if it means asking a relative or friend or getting a taxi or call connect bus. Children, where possible, should always be brought to the surgery rather than be seen at home.
The GPs are only obliged to visit at home on the grounds of clinical need and not because of difficulties with transport.
If you think you may need a home visit, please call the surgery before 11.00am on the day of the requested visit. Visits are usually carried out over lunchtime and requests coming in later in the day are highly disruptive to afternoon surgeries, causing inconvenience to other patients. Afternoon visits are therefore reserved for medical emergencies only.
If a patient needs to be seen urgently please inform the receptionist. The receptionist may need to ask for more information to allow the GP to assess the degree of urgency.
The GP may contact you before coming out to visit to see if there is another way to help you with your medical issue.