Medical students and nursing students attend the practice from time to time. We hope that you will co-operate with us and help the students to learn about general practice. However, you will be informed of their presence in advance and, if you do not want them to be present at a consultation, your wishes will be respected. This will not affect your treatment in any way.
Our health centres have suitable access for disabled patients, and all the patient areas including waiting room, consulting rooms and toilets have wheelchair access.
A wheelchair is available at reception. Designated disabled parking spaces are located nearest to the entrance to Johnstone Health Centre.
Registering As A Patient
When registering you will be invited to complete a new patient questionnaire and will be offered a registration medical appointment. This will allow us to provide medical care in the interim period, while your medical records are transferred from your old practice to this one. If you move out of the practice area, you will need to register with a new practice as soon as you move. We can provide information about how to find a new practice.
Preference Of Practitioner
Patients are registered with the practice, not an individual GP. For administrative reasons your medical card will be issued in the name of one of the doctors; however, you can at any time express a preference for a particular doctor, for either all of your medical needs or on a case-by-case basis. We will do our best to respect your choice. However, not all the doctors in the practice provide all services and specific doctors may not be immediately available.
Services Available From The Practice
All GP practices are contracted to provide 'essential services', that is, basic treatment of ill people and the management of patients with a chronic disease. This includes a consultation with a member of clinical staff every three years and annual review for the over 75s. We also provide the following 'additional services':
Child health surveillance, together with the health visiting team.
Contraceptive services. Specialist services such as IUCD insertion are available at the family planning clinic in the health centre.
Maternity services in the antenatal and postnatal period, in conjunction with midwives from the Paisley Maternity Unit.
Immunisation for adults in relation to travel. Not all travel immunisations are available on the NHS; please ask our practice nurse for details.
Cervical screening Freezing of warts and other small skin lesions.
We also hold contracts with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde for the following 'enhanced services': Routine immunisation of children, together with the health visiting team. A pneumococcal and annual flu immunisation programme to protect the elderly and at risk.
Regular monitoring, by blood and urine tests, for patients on a range of drugs for arthritis and bowel problems.
A methadone substitution programme for patients with drug abuse problems. Minor surgery
Non-NHS Examinations/Services The doctors are willing to carry out medical examinations eg:
Employment medical • Driving licence medical •
HGV medical • Insurance purposes medical •
They will also complete forms for the above and other medical certification, eg insurance claims, medical references, but wish to stress that these services are NOT part of the free NHS facilities provided by your doctor and regret that completed certificates cannot be handed over until the appropriate fee has been received. The receptionist can advise you of the fee on request.
The surgery is open continuously from Monday to Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm, but closed to personal callers between 1.00 - 2.00pm.
Consultations are by appointment every morning and afternoon and can be made either by telephoning or calling at the surgery. Please try to book well in advance for routine appointments.
Johnstone surgery has a dedicated appointments telephone line which is in operation from 9.00am - 12 noon and from 2.00 - 5.00pm. Appointments can be made at Linwood surgery by telephoning the number for routine matters.
Johnstone appointments - 01505 323002 Linwood appointments - 01505 324458
Please inform us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your appointment so that the time can be given to someone else.
If you have not been seen at the surgery for three years (or one year for those over 75) you can request a check-up appointment if you wish.