How to Find the Home Visits Doctors in Dubai

By , ArabiaMD Team

Some doctors, therapists, and healthcare professionals offer a home visit service. People who are unable to get to clinics due to health problems will generally be prioritized for home visits. People who can get out to clinic appointments will be encouraged to, as it helps the clinicians to see more patients or clients, reducing their workload and keeping waiting times down. For this reason, healthcare providers try to avoid home visits for planned, routine medical or surgical consultations, and may even assist with transport and making their premises as accessible as possible.

Some therapists, in particular, beauty therapists or alternative medicine practitioners, may not work in a clinic at all and so home visits can be their usual practice.

In medical care, home visits should always be available for urgent appointments for those people who find it difficult to get to a healthcare provider. In urgent cases, an initial telephone appointment will help a doctor or a nurse decide how quickly the patient needs to be seen, and if it’s appropriate for them to wait at home for a doctor or whether they need to go to an emergency hospital setting or be attended by an emergency ambulance crew.

Sometimes, only a home visit will do. People seeking long-term pain management, people with young children needing care at home, people nearing the end of their lives, or people with certain physical and mental illnesses may benefit from a home visit. Ultimately it’s the choice of the patient and the discretion of the care provider.

What Happens at a Home Visit?

As home visits can involve professionals from a range of different specialties, the nature of the visit can vary greatly. A visit for medical concerns may start with a phone call so that a doctor can assess the urgency of your need, whether or not a home visit will be sufficient or appropriate, and possibly the equipment that they may need to bring. Travelling time may be a factor in deciding whether a home visit will be appropriate, and a telephone triage will also give the doctor the chance to advise the patient to call for an emergency ambulance, if necessary. Sometimes a phone call will be all that is required, for example in the case of low blood sugar in diabetics that can be resolved by following the medical advice given on the phone.

Medical practitioners have an increasing amount of technology that can be taken to the home now and can perform full physical examinations in the comfort and privacy of the patient’s home. EKGs/ECGs (tracings of the heart’s electrical activity), some blood tests, urine testing, blood pressure, temperature, heart rhythm and rate can all be assessed at a home visit. The nature of most home visits will be under the remit of the family doctor or general practitioner.

A range of treatments can now be given at home, including oxygen therapy, home nebulisers for inhaled steroids in the case of respiratory disease, commencement of a course of medication, or managing minor injuries. More complex treatment or investigations may require a visit to a hospital or other clinical facility, which the attending physician can arrange.