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Are home visits a waste of time?

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I think we’re asking the wrong question. In an ideal world where there are plenty of GPs, an allocated slot for home visits, plentiful parking, empty roads, and patients who only request them when appropriate, then yes, home visits are certainly not a waste of time. The reality is fewer GPs squeezing visits into their supposed “lunch break” seething in roadworks before arriving at a house with no parking (hint......the house you are looking for always has the most cars on the drive) to see a patient who could easily have made it to surgery. And don’t forget the joys of seeing a key-code box (for which you don’t have the code) or wandering around baffled by the bizarre numbering system on estates presumably designed by stoned hippies in the late 60s. No, they are not a waste of time, but simply a luxury that the threadbare Primary Care service can no longer safely provide. Most GPs already triage and scrutinise visit requests down to the bare minimum, otherwise we would implode.

Posted date

09 May 2018

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5:56pm

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