Please telephone 0118 959 0257 before 10am if you require a home visit. After 10am it is harder for the doctor to fit the visits into the middle of the day, and it may have to wait until the following working day.
Home visits can only be offered to patients who are housebound or too ill to come to surgery. Home visits are an extremely inefficient way for doctors to see patients (it takes about four times as long, and little medical equipment is available), so we always encourage patients to do everything they can to come to us (eg. using a taxi, or a neighbour, for a lift). We employ paramedics who are also employed by South Central Ambulance Service to carry out our visits. All visit requests are triaged by a GP and if appropriate a GP may attend.
We try to arrange visits as early as possible in the day so that any admissions to hospital can be avoided late on. Late admissions create pressure on the Royal Berkshire Hospital and likely delays for the patient.