Access and Facilities
Our premises has wheelchair access, a reception desk and facilities for the less able.
If you require extra help to access our premises please let us know.
Toilet facilities are available.
Emergency Care Summary
All patients in Scotland will soon have an emergency care summary which is copied from your GP’s computer system and stored electronically.
NHS staff can then access this quickly if they need to see it when your GP surgery is closed.
NHS staff must obtain your permission to look at this information, which includes your name, date of birth, name of GP surgery, and identifying number called a CHI number, information about any medicines you have been prescribed, and also about any bad reactions you have had to medicines that your GP knows about.
If you are unconscious NHS staff may look at your Emergency Care Summary without your agreement, this is so they can give you the best possible care.
Failure to Attend Appointments
In an effort to ensure patient appointments are used efficiently ie not wasted, the Practice has a policy for patients who fail to attend their appointment as follows:
- On the first occasion a patient fails to attend he/she will receive a letter or text about this.
- If there is a second failure to attend, a second letter or text will be sent, issuing a notification that they are at at risk of being removed from our patient list.
- If a third failure to attend occurs in the same 6 month period, the patient will receive a letter of notification informing them that they are to be removed from our list and will require to find another doctor.
Whilst we appreciate that there are sometimes unavoidable reasons for a patient missing their appointment, there are various ways to cancel an appointment, as follows:
- Call to cancel appointments as soon as possible,
- If we have your mobile phone number you will receive text reminders of your appointment. On receipt of this text reminder, you can cancel your appointment via the text.
Please support us in trying to save wasted appointments by using the above guidelines.
General Practice Training
The practice is a GP training practice. This means a doctor who has at least 3 years hospital training spends a total of 18 months with us learning about General Practice. This means the partners have responsibility for assisting a doctor working with them to gain experience in General Practice.
From time to time consultations are video recorded for training purposes, but only with the written consent of patients. This is only for use within the practice. If, however, you do not feel comfortable participating in this video taping, please feel free to decline.
From time to time medical students visit the practice to sit with the doctor during consultations and are occasionally given the opportunity to interview patients with patient consent.
Information for GP Trainees
The Trainers have a dedicated interest in training – we like and enjoy being trainers.
The practice has a low turnover of staff. We are a small, cohesive team who work well together. The Practice area covers a good mix of suburban housing, deprived areas, some rural farms and landed gentry. This allows exposure to a mix of patients not always seen in other practices.
The practice can be busy at times but we are well organised and the day usually always runs smoothly. The benefit to you is that you will see lots of patients, which is the best possible preparation for passing the CSA.
Trainers have been on a CSA preparation course to help you pass this part of the MRCGP.
We have had consistent good feedback from our trainees and many of them would be happy to be contacted by you to discuss the benefits of training with us.
We have dedicated time arranged through the week for tutorials. The trainer will always available through the day to be asked about uncertainties or dilemmas. We aim to have an informal feedback session at the end of every surgery.
Our trainees enjoy an introductory programme involving in house IT training, time spent with our local allied health professionals like the local pharmacy, the older people’s team and physiotherapy.
We encourage our trainees to attend the local day release educational programme and we are supportive of study leave.
The practice complies with Data Protection and Access to Medical Records legislation. Identifiable information about you may be made available in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services,
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases.
Use of Personal Health Information
It may be necessary to disclose your personal Health information for the following purposes:
For care and treatment
- Routine record keeping, consultation of records etc, in the course of the provision of care and treatment.
- Processing of records in the event of a medical emergency;
- Disclosure made by one health professional or organisation to another, eg where a GP refers a patient to a specialist
- Clinical audit eg the monitoring of a patient care pathway against existing standards and benchmarks.
- Processing for administrative purposes, eg disclosure by GP made in order to receive payment for treatment provided and post payment verification of payments.
- Administrative audit, which may include studies designed to improve the efficiency of the NHS as an organisation
- Statutory disclosures to disease registries and for epidemiological research;
- Non statutory disclosures to disease registries and for epidemiological research
- Clinical trials
Legal and National Requirements
Staff are sometimes required by law to obtain or pass on information, for example to notify a birth or death or report certain infectious diseases for public health reasons or report information in relation to the Mental Health Act.
The Scottish Executive Health Department also requires information from the NHS to help monitor health services and plan for the future.
Staff may send basic personal details of all patients being cared for, along with information about their hospital or clinic attendance, to the NHS Information and Statistics Division, Scottish Centre for Infection and environmental Health, National Services Division and Practitioner Services Division.
We are always interested to have patient feedback about the Practice.
We also welcome any suggestions patients may have which they feel would improve what we do.
If you have any feedback you wish to provide to us please do not hesitate to let us know what you think about the surgery.
If you have any complaints you wish to register with us please contact the Practice Manager, Ms Rosaleen Kelly.
You can telephone to speak to her or to arrange an informal appointment to see her.
Alternatively, if you wish to put your complaint in writing please write to Ms Rosaleen Kelly, Practice Manager and your complaint will be investigated fully.
Please keep any appointments made.
Be realistic about how many medical problems the doctor can deal with in one appointment.
Please promptly advise us of any change to your name, address, or telephone number. Slips are available at reception or you can inform us online here.
Practice Documents (to download)
Covid-19 Self Help Resources
(posted on Mar 25, 2020)
This document provides self-help information and resources around the coronavirus.
(posted on Apr 15, 2020)
This document provides information about an online stress control course.
Private Service Fees
(posted on Jul 22, 2019)
This is a list of fees for services which the NHS do not offer.
Community Link Worker Poster
(posted on Feb 19, 2019)
This poster provides information about our Community Link Worker.
(posted on Aug 1, 2018)
This document provides information regarding how personal data is used within the practice.
Know Who To Turn To – Poster
(posted on Aug 7, 2018)
This A4 size colour poster provides a summary of all the ‘Know Who To Turn To’ information.
(posted on Oct 15, 2018)
This leaflet provides information about ear care.
(posted on May 8, 2019)
This form must be completed when enquiring about travel vaccinations
Travel Information Leaflet
(posted on Jun 17, 2019)
This leaflet provides information on the travel services that we provide here.
Please use the link below to access a copy of our Privacy Notice (GDPR). This document can also be found in the ‘Practice Information & Leaflets’ section of the website.
Private Service Fees
We are an NHS practice but the NHS does not cover the services below. Please allow 10 working days for completion of any requested letters / certificates. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the GP.
Please click here to view the current fees.
Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE)
SPIRE has been developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researches learn from information held at GP practices.
The use of information from GP patient records will be improved to help plan and improve health and care services in Scotland.
What are the benefits of sharing GP patient information?
SPIRE is a service that will be used to help NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government plan for Scotland’s health and care needs.
It allows information from GP patient records to be transferred electronically and held securely at NHS National Services Scotland (who support the NHS by gathering information and producing statistical information and analysis that helps NHS Scotland make the right decisions for patients.)
SPIRE uses information from GP practices all over Scotland in a safe and secure way.
Some of the ways the use of information provided via SPIRE could help everyone in Scotland are e.g.
- Improving the quality of care for all patients
- Planning services and care for people who have a condition or health need
- Responding to major public health issues like flu epidemics
- Improving the provision of health and care to vulnerable or disadvantaged groups
- Developing knowledge about the uptake of vital medicines and vaccines
- Supporting research for particular illnesses
What information will be used?
To understand and analyse the data, information such as your date of birth, gender, diagnoses and prescribed medicines will be used from your GP patient records.
To protect your confidentiality, these details will be encrypted before they are sent. So you can be confident that your information is secure at all times.
How will your information be kept safe and secure?
There are strict rules governing how information is managed and all staff involved have a legal duty to keep information safe and secure.
Visit spire.scot to find out more about how NHS National Services Scotland safeguard patient confidentiality.
What choices do you have?
If you are happy for NHS Scotland to use information from your GP records in this way, then you don’t need to do anything – it will happen automatically.
**If you do not want information from your GP patient records to be used in this way, you will need to notify your GP practice. Write or speak to your GP Practice and tell that you “want to opt out of SPIRE”. They will ensure this is dealt with accordingly.
SPIRE will be phased across Scotland from January 2017. You can opt out at any time.
Zero Tolerance Policy
This Practice operates a strict ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY – Patients are asked to keep calm and respect the staff at all times.
Hardly a day goes by without one or more of our staff being subjected to verbal abuse or shouting either face to face or on the telephone.
Our staff have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and should be able to do their jobs without being physically or verbally abused.
They will always do their utmost to help all our patients as best they can.
However, staff have certain procedures and protocols which they must follow, mostly to ensure the effective, smooth running of the Practice for all patients and also for clinical safety reasons.
Anyone attending or telephoning the surgery who abuses the GPs, staff or other patients be it verbally, physically or in any threatening manner whatsoever are at risk of being removed from the Practice list and will require to seek a new GP.
Neilston Medical Centre