Surgery takes action to improve safety

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 October 2015

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A WESTON doctors’ surgery has been given a ‘good’ inspection in all areas, after previous concerns about its medicine management.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) revisited Clarence Park Surgery in Clarence East Road in September to follow-up on an earlier inspection.

Its previous visit had seen inspectors rate the surgery as ‘good’ in all areas except for its safety, where it was said to ‘require improvement’.

But a follow-up report, published by the CQC this week, said the practice had taken action and is now meeting all of the relevant regulations.

Inspectors said: “The practice is rated as good for providing safe services. Risks to patients were assessed and managed, including the improvements made since our last inspection.

“Actions have been taken by the provider to improve medicines management, fire safety, the security of the premises and the reduction of risk for legionella disease.”

The report said the medicine cabinet was routinely locked, and fire marshals and nurses had received additional training in fire awareness.

The report said there were still some areas which needed to be improved, including accessibility through the front entrance and completing appraisals for staff.

The inspectors also recommended the practice review how consent is recorded for injections, and check the external defibrillator on a weekly basis to make sure it is working.

The updated report means the surgery is now rated ‘good’ in all categories, which include its care, leadership and effectiveness.

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