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To think this is a rather strange and stupid rule for a doctors practise to have?

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BigBadMousey Thu 31-Jul-08 09:29:47

DD1 4.3 been up all night very ill with suspected tonsilitis. Been sick several times and had a high temp.

I asked the docs for a home visit (she gets car sick as it is and is feeling dizzy plus she would be incredibly upset if she was sick in public) and they said 'no, we have a policy whereby we don't do home visits for children'.

wtf? hmm

I don't get it - seems ridiculous to me but AIBU?

BigBadMousey Thu 31-Jul-08 09:31:12

off to docs now but will return for the verdict later.....

EffiePerine Thu 31-Jul-08 09:31:32

it is pants but not unusual I'm afraid

if she is v ill I'd try A&E instead

bigspender30 Thu 31-Jul-08 09:32:58

ridiculous cost cutting crap. Hope she is ok,keep us posted x

PrincessPeaHead Thu 31-Jul-08 09:33:43

No it is perfectly sensible. A child has an adult who can take them to the surgery. A sick elderly person may not have that luxury. Taking a GP out of the surgery to go to your house and look in her throat would waste time that could be spent seeing 12 other patients. This is more important than your dd being upset because she was sick.

This is the NHS, not a personal physician. Put her in the car and take her to the surgery and stop being so precious.

meemar Thu 31-Jul-08 09:33:47

I suppose their reasoning is that a child has to be accompanied anyway, so an adult can bring them in.

I can see why going in would be distressing for your poor dd though.

Mercy Thu 31-Jul-08 09:34:12

I've been with 3 different surgeries since the dc were born - none of them do home visits (except for housebound or disabled patients)

But we do have an out-of-hours service.

boredveryverybored Thu 31-Jul-08 09:35:18

Agree with pph am afraid, makes sense to me. I have had a Dr's visit for DD once, and that was only because I was very ill myself and they knew I couldn't get her there.

stitch Thu 31-Jul-08 09:36:34

its not unusaal. the idea is that the parents are well, and can always bundle the child into a car/taxi etc and bring them
and it is the nhs

motherinferior Thu 31-Jul-08 09:36:39

I reckon GPs would spend their entire lives tending to the minor malaises of PFBs if they didn't have a rule like this.

ruddynorah Thu 31-Jul-08 09:37:34

makes sense.

TigerFeet Thu 31-Jul-08 09:40:15

My doctor reckons that the trip out often does poorly children good - they are generally too hot and a bit of cool air can help bring their temperature down. Certainly whenever dd has been to the docs with a temperature she has perked up on the way.

If she were too ill to be put in her buggy or in the car and taken to the doctor then it would be A&E for me. That's happened to us once.

The only exception imo would be if you had a child too old for a buggy who couldn't walk far and a car or taxi wasn't an option. You'd have no choice but to call a GP out then.

slightlycrumpled Thu 31-Jul-08 09:45:29

I can understand you not wanting to take her out, but it does make sense.

I hope she is feeling better soon.

girlywhirly Thu 31-Jul-08 10:17:33

When my DS was 9, he had pain in his ears accompanied by slight dizziness and vomiting. The Dr receptionist told me I couldn't have a home visit, but if I brought him to the surgery just before afternoon appointments started, she would fit him in then, so that we wouldn't have to wait. No surgery wants a vomiting child in their waiting room for any length of time, so it is worth asking if they will do this if they don't offer.

We took the potette with us as a precaution, in case he couldn't make the loo in time. We were seen at the start of surgery, and an ear infection diagnosed. Having said that, I couldn't have carried him if he'd been too dizzy to walk.

Oblomov Thu 31-Jul-08 10:21:50

No, I think it is reasonable that the GP doesn't come out to you/dd.

greenlawn Thu 31-Jul-08 10:22:07

I don't think our surgery has a blanket rule as such, though I suspect they would need to be pretty sure you needed a home visit.

I've never had a home visit for anyone in the family, though having once had to bundle ds1 up in a blanket in the middle of the night to visit the out of hours GP (at the hospital) - both of us arrived covered in vomit! - I sympathise.

BigBadMousey Thu 31-Jul-08 10:23:08

Righto - I agree IABU - just been up most of the night last night and several nights previously with DCs and couldn't make sense of it at 8am this morning.

Docs were very helpful indeed, she does have tonsilitis - I suspected as much because I have it too. Baby DS has been ill too - what a healthy bunch we all are grin

Don't think I was being precious princesspeahead - just knackered!

She isn't much of PFB - more a NeglectedFB blush.

Thanks for the replies and putting me straight smile

TigerFeet Thu 31-Jul-08 10:38:13

Hope she's feeling better sson

mum2taylor Thu 31-Jul-08 10:41:30

Bigbadmousey for what its worth....I agree with you! What if you dont have the luxury of a car (maybe dh takes the car to work etc)? If your child is ill and being sick you dont want to risk public transport in case they are sick everywhere etc, etc. I think in certain circumstances doctor visits to the home are necessary. wink

nametaken Thu 31-Jul-08 10:48:01

YABU - I thought home visits were stopped years ago !!!!!!

OrmIrian Thu 31-Jul-08 10:50:26

The only time we had a home visit in the last 20 yrs or so was when my DH was so ill (D&V) that he was unable to stand and was dehydrating badly. GPs receptionist accepted that he couldn't get there alone and that as I had 3 LOs in the house too it was unreasonable to expect DH to go anywhere. Oh and once in the middle of the night when my athsma was so bad I could hardly get a breath and was unable to walk more than a few steps.

smallwhitecat Thu 31-Jul-08 10:51:50

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OrmIrian Thu 31-Jul-08 10:51:53

ie when patients were physically unable to get themselves anywhere.

Anna8888 Thu 31-Jul-08 10:52:35

I think children are sometimes too ill to leave the house and that doctors ought not to have a blanket "no home visit" policy. I'm thinking of a friend's child who recently had appalling D&V - she tried taking him in the car to the doctor's surgery, but gave up because he had D&V's all over the car before she had even got out of the driveway and she didn't think that it was appropriate for either child or doctor's surgery for her child and herself to be dripping in D&V when they arrived.

ReallyTired Thu 31-Jul-08 11:38:28

I think shame on you.

Last winter my elderly 88 year old neighbour cracked her hip with a fall. She was in agony, but walked to the doctor's surgery because she didn't want to be "any bother". I would have given her a lift to the doctors if she asked. To make matters worst she did not consider her pain to be an emergency.

It is very rare for child ailments to be serious. Mothers often forget that all sections of society need doctors. Tonsilitus is unpleasent, but rarely serious.

Before anyone asks I had my tonsils out at Great Ormond Street Hospital at the age of six because my breathing was obstructed. Even then I think my parents took me to the GP by car.

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