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Inspection carried out on 4 October 2016

During a routine inspection

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 4 October 2016 to ask the practice the following key questions; Are services safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led?

Our findings were:

Are services safe?

We found that this practice was providing safe care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services effective?

We found that this practice was providing effective care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services caring?

We found that this practice was providing caring services in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services responsive?

We found that this practice was providing responsive care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services well-led?

We found that this practice was providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Background

Hook Road Dental Practice is located in the Royal Borough of Kingston and provides private and NHS dental services. The opening hours for the practice were Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

The premises consists of three treatment rooms, a decontamination rooms and waiting area.

The practice comprises of two principal dentists, three dentists, two nurses, a trainee dental nurse and one receptionist.

One of the principal dentists is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as an individual registered person. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the practice is run.

During the inspection we asked patients to complete CQC comment cards. We received 43 comment cards and spoke with three patients on the day of the inspection. The patients who provided feedback were positive about the care and treatment they received at the practice. They told us they were involved in all aspects of their care and found the staff to be caring, friendly and helpful and they were treated with care, dignity and respect.

Our key findings were:

  • There were effective processes in place to reduce and minimise the risk and spread of infection.
  • Patients’ needs were assessed and care was planned in line with current guidance such as from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Delivering Better Oral Health. Patients were involved in their care and treatment planning.
  • There was appropriate equipment for staff to undertake their duties and equipment was well maintained.
  • Staff were trained in and there was appropriate equipment for them to respond to medical emergencies.
  • Patients told us that staff were caring and treated them with dignity and respect.
  • Patients indicated that they felt they were listened to and that they received good care from a helpful and caring practice team.
  • There were processes in place for patients to give their comments and feedback about the service including making complaints and compliments.
  • There were good governance arrangements and an effective management structure.

There were areas where the provider could make improvements and should

  • Review the current Legionella risk assessment and implement the required actions including the monitoring and recording of water temperatures, taking into account guidelines issued by the Department of Health - Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices and The Health and Social Care Act 2008: ‘Code of Practice about the prevention and control of infections and related guidance

  • Review the practice’s audit protocols of various aspects of the service, such as radiography and dental care records at regular intervals to help improve the quality of service. Practice should also check where appropriate, audits have documented learning points and the resulting improvements can be demonstrated.