Masham Road

Cantley, Doncaster

South Yorkshire


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Home visits

These are an important part of general practice care.  As GP’s we are privileged to be able to go to people’s home to see how they live.  They allow us to see the patient in their own environment and allow us to assess how they are functioning and as such are an indispensable way of getting to know your patients.

Home visits are given to those patients who are unable to attend the practice because of ill health.  Consequently, they are usually for elderly patients or those who are receiving palliative care.

We will try to minimise the number of home visits that we offer.  You will not normally have to do any more than 1-2 per day.

On those days where you need to use your car for a home visit, you are also eligible for claiming a mileage allowance for driving from your home to work, and back to home again. Claims must be submitted to the Practice Manager within the following month.

Initially you will do joint visits with your supervisor and eventually you will be able to do these on your own.  However, your supervisor will always be available for advice over the telephone.

Home visits are a great way of learning how to deal with the unexpected and how to liaise with the wider health care team.