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Acute Visiting Service
Acute Visiting Service
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About the Acute Visiting Service

BARDOC provides an Acute Visiting Service across Bolton, Bury Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.  

Highly skilled medical professionals provide acute visits to patients in their own homes. The service is for patients who, for varying reasons, need to be seen in their own home/care home.

When patients contact their GP requesting a same day home visit for an acute need, the GP can choose to refer this to the BARDOC AVS.   

The aim of the service is to reduce inappropriate hospital admissions and enable patients to be cared for at home. It also reduces the need for GP’s to leave their practice, allowing them to focus on other priorities within the surgery. 

Frequently Asked Question

See below for more information about the Acute Visiting Service

Urgent treatment centres are usually overseen by doctors (sometimes GPs) working with nurses.

If you need one, you can often get tests like an ECG (electrocardiogram), blood tests or an x-ray.

They can diagnose and deal with many of the most common problems people go to A&E for.

These are things like: 

  • broken bones and sprains
  • injuries, cuts and bruises
  • wound dressing
  • stomach pain 
  • coughs, colds and breathing problems
  • vomiting and diarrhoea 
  • skin infections and rashes
  • high temperature (fever) in children and adults
  • mental health problems

If a doctor decides you need a prescription, they can organise one for you. Emergency contraception is also available.

Operating Times:   Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale  Monday – Friday 12.00 – 20.00

Bolton, Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale  Weekends 00.00 – 23.59  

Community Insight

We are continually seeking to understand the needs and opinions of the communities we serve.

A quick answer to this question will be used to build an honest and necessary understanding as to how we can better provide our services to you. 

Thank you.


What's your biggest struggle with mental health?

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For more information about this service and how we provide it, please contact BARDOC.HQ@nhs.net