No more home visits except for the severely debilitated
Regarding Dr Nick Luscombe's letter (October 20), I have a few examples of home visit requests of my own.
· During evening surgery I was asked by a woman to visit her
18-year-old son who had a cough. I offered to see him in surgery but she said he could not possibly attend as he felt too ill. When I arrived at the house at 7.30pm she told me he had been unable to wait as he had to go to the pub.
Far from being apologetic she was annoyed I had not come earlier. The surgery finished at 7.15pm.
· A mother requested a visit for her six-year-old who had had a rash for a few days but was not ill.
They were unable to attend surgery as they were going on holiday the following day and were 'too busy packing'.
· A mother rang at midnight one Friday to ask for headlice treatment for her two children who at the time were in bed, asleep.
After giving advice I gently suggested this could have been dealt with at a more appropriate time.
I was subjected to a torrent of abuse and threats of complaint. 'Anything to do with my kids is
an emergency' the woman screamed.
I believe the time has come to end home visiting except for the terminally ill, housebound elderly or severely disabled.
Unfortunately I am sure the Government will find this politically impossible to achieve.
Dr Patricia Critchley