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Waterside Medical Centre Good

Reports


Review carried out on 1 February 2020

During an annual regulatory review

We reviewed the information available to us about Waterside Medical Centre on 1 February 2020. We did not find evidence of significant changes to the quality of service being provided since the last inspection. As a result, we decided not to inspect the surgery at this time. We will continue to monitor this information about this service throughout the year and may inspect the surgery when we see evidence of potential changes.

Inspection carried out on 20 March 2018

During a routine inspection

This practice is rated as Good overall. (Previous inspection March 2016 –Good)

The key questions are rated as:

Are services safe? – Good

Are services effective? – Good

Are services caring? – Good

Are services responsive? – Good

Are services well-led? - Good

As part of our inspection process, we also look at the quality of care for specific population groups. The population groups are rated as:

Older People – Good

People with long-term conditions – Good

Families, children and young people – Good

Working age people (including those recently retired and students – Good

People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable – Good

People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia) - Good

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Waterside Medical Centre on 17 March 2016. The overall rating for the practice was good. However the key question Safe was rated as requires improvement. The full comprehensive report can be found by selecting the Waterside Medical Centre ‘all reports’ link  on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

This inspection was an announced comprehensive inspection carried out on 20 March 2018

to confirm that the practice had carried out their plan to meet the legal requirements in relation to the breaches in regulations that we identified in our previous inspection on 17 March 2016. This report covers our findings in relation to those requirements and additional improvements made since our last inspection.

  • The practice had clear systems to manage risk so that safety incidents were less likely to happen. When incidents did happen, the practice learned from them and improved their processes.

  • The practice routinely reviewed the effectiveness and appropriateness of the care it provided. It ensured that care and treatment was delivered according to evidence- based guidelines.

  • Staff involved and treated patients with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

  • Patients found the appointment system easy to use and reported that they were able to access care when they needed it.

  • There was a strong focus on continuous learning and improvement at all levels of the organisation.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice

Inspection carried out on 17 March 2016

During a routine inspection

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Waterside Medical Centre on 17 March 2016. Overall, the practice is rated as good.

Our key findings across all the areas we inspected were as follows:

  • There was an open and transparent approach to safety and an effective system in place for reporting and recording significant events.
  • Risks to patients were assessed and managed, with the exception of those relating to fire safety.
  • The practice had emergency medicines and access to medical oxygen, however they did not have a defibrillator and had not assessed the risks of this. We also found some medical supplies were out of date.
  • Staff assessed patients’ needs and delivered care in line with current evidence based guidance. Staff had been trained to provide them with the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver effective care and treatment.
  • Patients said they were treated with compassion, dignity and respect and they were involved in their care and decisions about their treatment.
  • Information about services and how to complain was available and easy to understand. Improvements were made to the quality of care as a result of complaints and concerns.
  • Patients said they found it easy to make an appointment with a named GP and there was continuity of care, with urgent appointments available the same day.
  • The practice had good facilities and was well equipped to treat patients and meet their needs.
  • There was a clear leadership structure and staff felt supported by management. The practice proactively sought feedback from staff and patients, which it acted on.
  • The provider was aware of and complied with the requirements of the duty of candour.

The areas where the provider must make improvement are:

  • Ensure the risks of not having a defibrillator on the premises are assessed.
  • Ensure fire risk assessment is carried out.
  • Ensure effective systems are in place for medicines management.

The areas where the provider should make improvement are:

  • Review exception reporting data to improve the management of patients with long-term conditions.
  • Review the arrangements for patients who are hard of hearing.
  • Continue to identify and support patients who are carers.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice