Health minister impressed by Peterborough's 'outstanding' Thistlemoor Medical Centre
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The Primary Care and Public Health minister visited the Thistlemoor Medical Centre, in Thistlemoor Road, New England, during a snap visit to Peterborough today (April 14).
The centre, which has about 29,500 patients, was rated outstanding in May last year by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission which praised its care and treatment of patients.
A spokesperson for the centre said: “The minister was impressed with the 24 hour, seven day a week prescription collection point that helps people collect their medicines after work or after their shifts which is a big help to many of the community that work anti-social hours.”
"Mr O’Brien came to Thistlemoor to hear how general practice is working in the Practice and also how Graham Young’s Community Pharmacy is working with the Practice to offer services such as blood pressure, consultations for patients and the new services that are being developed around removal of ear wax and travel immunisations.
“There was a good conversation about how the team looks to work with different members of the team - pharmacists, physiotherapy, nurses, doctors and healthcare assistants and how these clinicians work together as a team to help patients.
"The healthcare assistants use their skills to help the doctors and nurses with the administration of a consultation that helps free up the time of clinicians.”
Mr O’Brien said: “It was great to come to Peterborough and a GP surgery and primary care centre operating so well.
"I learnt a lot from my visit and really value the time and input from all the doctors and support staff I met.”
Peterborough MP Paul Bristow said: “I am always raising in Westminster what Peterborough does well.
"When it comes to seeing patients quickly, and managing a patient cohort with challenging needs, Thistlemoor does incredibly well.
“I wanted the Minister to see this for himself and see what lessons can be learnt elsewhere.”