Register your practice
Would you like Doctor Home Visits to cover your medical practice?
Doctor Home Visits provides a Medical Deputising Service to support and complement your practice in the provision of continuity of care to your patient’s both in and after your normal surgery opening hours.
Joining us is a simple process and we just ask you to complete a Practice Information Form (PIF) which you can download here.
Once completed we will forward you everything you will need to satisfy your accreditation including:
- Practice Service Agreement
- Magnets & brochures – to help educate your patient’s on how to access a doctor home visit
- Door signage (with information about after-hours care)
What is the After Hours Incentive (PIP)?
The After Hours Incentive aims to support general practices to provide their patients with appropriate access to after hours care.
After hours periods
For PIP the complete after hours period is:
- outside 8am to 6pm weekdays
- outside 8am to 12noon on Saturdays, and
- all day on Sundays and public holidays
The complete after hours period is broken into:
- sociable after hours period - 6pm to 11pm weeknights
- unsociable after hours period - 11pm to 8am weekdays, hours outside of 8am and 12noon Saturdays, and all day Sundays and public holidays
Medical Deputising Services
Medical Deputising Services are organisations which directly arrange for medical practitioners to provide after hours medical services to patients of Practice Principals during the absence of, and at the request of, the Practice Principals. For the purposes of the PIP, a Medical Deputising Service is not considered to be a general practice.
Doctor Home Visits can provide your practice with the necessary documentation for After Hours Incentive and Accreditation as evidence that you provide out of surgery hours cover for your patients.
RACGP Standards for Accreditation
The RACGP Standards for Accredited General Practice Criterion 1.1.4 - Care outside normal opening hours state:
- There is a formal arrangement in place with an accredited medical deputising service.
- Patient health records contain reports or notes of consultations occurring outside normal opening hours by, or on behalf of, the practice.
- A message on the practices’ telephone answering machine or call diversion system and a sign visible from outside the practice that provides information to patients on how to obtain care outside the practices’ normal opening hours is required. This must include information about how to obtain home visits.