Improvemenets made at ‘inadequate’ GP practice

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Inspectors have returned to a GP practice put into special measures to see if it is making enough progress.

Ailsworth Medical Centre in Main Street was rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a visit June as it was judged to be unsafe for patients.

Back then, the practice was given a list of improvements to make which included improving the safety of medicines and reviewing the systems in place for assessing the risk of - and preventing, detecting and controlling - the spread of infections.

Now the CQC, the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, has undertaken a six-month monitoring inspection to see if its warning notices are being complied with.

In its report it states: “We found the provider had made appropriate improvements in ensuring that suitable arrangements were in place to improve systems to monitor the quality and safety of the service and ensure that staff received sufficient training and support.”

However, three further improvements were also mooted with the practice told to take action to ensure that medicines are stored securely.

A spokesperson for the medical centre said: “We have met all the requirements of CQC standards as can be seen from the updated report.

“The practice rating usually remains in place for six months following which there will be another visit. This is their operative procedure.”

Ailsworth Medical Centre has approximately 2,300 patients.

In its previous inspection, the CQC found that the practice was inadequate for safety and for being well led and that the effectiveness of services and the provision of responsive services requires improvement.

However, it also pointed out that the care provided was good.

In its latest findings, the CQC found that since June, safety systems had improved, staff training and support was more effective, and quality monitoring procedures had been strengthened.