Bishopton Medical PracticeGreenock RoadBishopton, PA7 5AWTel: 01505 863223
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Friday Appointment changes
We are changing how our appointment system operates on a Friday. For more information on this, please click the "Appointments" tab at the top of the page and select "Friday appointment changes".
Vaccines are still available for Adult Flu and shingles for those who are eligible.
Please call the surgery to arrange an appointment at one of our clinics on the usual number 01505 863223.
Please Note: We are the Bishopton Medical Practice in Bishopton, Scotland. If you are looking Bishopston Medical Practice in Bristol, England please click here
The community midwife sees patients by appointment.
All the doctors/practice sisters provide contraceptive care during normal surgery hours. Contraceptive reviews are carried out annually (please advise the receptionist the nature of your appointment when booking). Any requests for IUCD/Implanon fittings and removals are now being referred to the Sandyford Clinic.
If the GP has agreed that the Depo injection is suitable for you the practice nurse will administer it every three months.
Immunisations: every second Wednesday, by appointment.
You will be sent an appointment to attend the surgery when your child’s immunisations are due.
The practice sisters have had specific training in asthma and diabetes and, along with your doctor, are involved in providing education, instruction and treatment. Patients with diabetes, asthma, hypertension, heart disease or those requiring regular review will be invited to attend the practice nurse and/or their GP at least once per year.
All women aged between:
25 and 49 are strongly advised to have a cervical smear every three years
50 and 64 are strongly advised to have a cervical smear every five years
Notification will be sent when your next smear is due, requesting you to make an appointment with our practice sisters (please advise the receptionist the nature of your appointment when booking). The Community Screening Department will write to you with the result of your cervical smear, and detailing when your next smear is due.
Breast Screening - 50 to 70 years. Patients aged 70 years+ are also encouraged to attend. A mobile screening van visits on a three-yearly basis. Women aged 50 or over are invited to attend.
Please see the Travel Vaccinations section of our website for further information on this service. Vaccines may require a private prescription - you will be informed accordingly.
Vaccines available at no charge from NHS are -
An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients with heart, stroke, lung (including asthma), kidney disease, diabetes, residents of nursing and rest homes and all patients aged 65 or over. Also included are children in these disease categories. Please click here for further information. If you are housebound, a home visit will be arranged.
The doctors are happy to carry out medicals, for example insurance and driving licence medicals, by appointment, outside routine consultation times at the discretion of the doctor performing the medical examination.
A charge applies to all non-NHS examinations and administrative correspondence; our reception staff will advise that a charge may be payable, which will be in accordance with national guidelines, and subject to the doctor's discretion.
If this service is required, please in the first instance hand any required forms into reception who will pass this onto our team of secretaries. This will then be allocated a Doctor to deal with your request and you will be contacted to arrange a suitable appointment date and time.
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example dental fees. In other cases it is because the service isn’t covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records.
It is important to understand that GP’s are not employed by the NHS, they are self employed, and they have to cover their costs: staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc- in the same way as any small business
The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non NHS the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs.
The Government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment. In recent years, however, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.
Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that information provided is true and accurate.
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GP’s have a very heavy workload- the majority of GP’s work up to 60 hours a week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time.
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient’s entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
In most cases you will be asked to pay at the time of collection but we may ask for payment in advance. In the event you fail collect the item requested you will still be liable for the fee due to the GP and administration time involved. The practice can accept cash/ cheque or if requested we can provide bank transfer details
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Please see the practice current fees list below (fees for patients). Fees for insurance companies may vary.
Short letter – Camp America, fit to fly, character reference, holiday cancellation
Private Script within EU
Private Script out with EU (+ Consultation fee)
10 minute consultation
Holiday cancellation – detailed letter
- complicated (examination required)
Power Of Attorney Forms
Viewing medical record
Computerised only (patient requesting medical records)
Medical records – record extract with GP check
up to £50.00
Patient fails to attend examination (consultation charge)
Patient letter to insurance company e.g. in support of claim
The above list is not exhaustive and subject to change without notice.
8.30am - 4.30pm
(answering machine from 4.30pm daily)
for Renfrewshire HSCP District Nursing Service is as above from
9th December 2019
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