Where should GP surgeries draw line for home visits?

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It is a catch-22 situation of the worst sort for Sharon Kelly.

She is told by staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital not to leave the house because of her health.

Yet her GP’s surgery is refusing to come to her home to administer the injections she needs to help treat her cancer.

From the front door of Sharon’s home to the surgery is a mere 75m – a distance that would take barely a minute to walk.

The combination of bone cancer and epilepsy has left her house-bound – if she were to have a seizure while walking, it is no exaggeration that the repercussions could be very serious for her.

Where does the surgery draw the line on home visits? What are their guidelines that prevent them from visiting her?

Ms Kelly is clearly not trying to abuse the system here. For her the 75m from door-to-door may as well be a mile or more.

But what harm would it really do for someone from the surgery to come to her home?

Of course rules are put in place for a reason.

However, the blind adherence to rules and bureaucracy means that institutions run the risk of tying themselves up in pointless red tape when the simple application of a bit of common sense could work wonders.

If she is treated at home, she could ultimately improve enough that she will require less help from the NHS.

We know all too well that many of our GP surgeries are operating at full stretch and we don’t suggest for a second that they are ignoring Ms Kelly out of spite.

Would it be the thin end of the wedge regarding home visits, though, if they were to go to her house?

Unlikely.

The surgery has issued a statement saying it is to investigate Ms Kelly’s situation. Let us hope common sense prevails.

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