When a small community medical practice merges with a large centre the challenges can be daunting, but the patients of Kellyville Family Medical Practice have quickly realised the benefits of a bigger operation.
Dr Johnstone started Kellyville Family Medical Practice (KFMP) as a solo practice in a little cottage on Windsor Rd in 1982. It grew from a solo practice to a busy and popular small group practice.
“Kellyville Family Medical Practice was very special, a practice set up with the goal of providing genuine care to the local community.
“Our doctors were dedicated to this goal, which meant that they were focused on being up-to- date with the latest in medical knowledge and techniques, as well as making sure that they took the time to really get to know our patients and listen to their concerns,” Dr Johnstone said.
“We had patients who had been coming for well over 30 years, who brought their children, and their children grew up and brought their children in turn.
“It was a real privilege to be a part of our patients’ lives like that, and the practice had a real community feeling.”
In August 2017, KFMP merged into Castle Hill Medical Centre in its new premises in Castle Mall. The move included Dr Sybil Johnstone and Dr Armand Edison.
“Kellyville Family Medical Practice have always had a very good relationship with Castle Hill Medical Centre and we share a common focus on putting patients first,” Castle Hill Medical Centre’s Corinne Wills said.
“Their goal, as ours, has been primarily to provide excellent, informed, caring services for patients. With their move to larger premises within Castle Mall, KFMP gained an excellent opportunity to join us and improve the services they offer to their patients and we gained some additional well-respected doctors to our growing team.”
“It’s also very handy that we have pathology, a pharmacy, and several allied health providers very close by, and most of our patients are realising that although the environment is somewhat different the services provided and the care and quality of the consultations are still the same,” Ms Wills said.