If you are not well enough to attend surgery, please telephone by 10.00am whenever possible. The next time you ask for a house call, consider whether you can get down to the emergency surgery as:
- House calls are time-consuming and the doctor can see up to six patients at the surgery in the time that it takes to do one house call.
- People with a temperature cool down and improve when they leave a warm house.
- A doctor can often see you earlier in the surgery and has better access to diagnostic facilities and may be able to start your treatment there and then.
In some cases where there is a serious emergency such as a suspected heart attack or injury it may be more appropriate to dial 999 for an ambulance.