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Martonside Medical Centre

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

1a Martonside Way, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS4 3BU (01642) 812266

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Martonside Medical Centre

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Background to this inspection

Updated 11 July 2016

Martonside Medical Centre is situated close to the centre of Middlesbrough. Parking is available and the practice is close to a full range of amenities and public transport. The practice is in a modern purpose built health centre.

The practice provides services under a General Medical Services (GMS) contract with the NHS England Durham, Darlington and Tees Area Team to the practice population of 7907, covering patients of all ages.

There are four General Practitioners (GPs), two male and two female, two are partners and two are salaried GP’s. They are supported by a practice manager, reception and administration staff, one nurse practitioner, four practice nurses and two healthcare assistant.

The practice is open between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. There are a range of appointments available during these hours. There are extended hours offered to patients on a Monday between 6.30pm and 8pm with a nurse practitioner and a GP or on a Friday between 7.00 am to 8am with a GP.

The practice, along with all other practices in the local CCG area have a contractual agreement for Northern Doctors Urgent Care (NDUC) to provide OOHs services from 6.00pm. This has been agreed with the NHS England area team.

The practice has opted out of providing out of hours services (OOHs) for their patients. When the practice is closed patients use the 111 service to contact the OOHs provider. The Out of Hours service is provided by Northern Doctors Urgent Care. Information for patients requiring urgent medical attention out of hours is available in the waiting area, in the practice information leaflet and on the practice website.

Overall inspection


Updated 11 July 2016

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Martonside Medical Centre on 22 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 well managed.
  • 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 should make improvement are:

  • That a log is kept in respect of handwritten prescriptions.

  • That all staff know where the spanner to turn the oxygen cylinder on and off is.

  • That relevant staff complete and keep updated with Mental Capacity Act and Deprivations of Liberties training.

  • That a formal induction programme is developed for staff.

Professor Steve Field CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGPChief Inspector of General Practice

People with long term conditions


Updated 11 July 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of people with long-term conditions.

  • Nursing staff had lead roles in chronic disease management and patients at risk of hospital admission were identified as a priority.

  • The percentage of patients with diabetes, on the register, in whom the last IFCCHbA1c (blood test to check for any potential risks) was 64 mmol/mol or less in the preceding 12 months (01/04/2016) was 70%, this was below the national percentage of 77%.

  • Longer appointments and home visits were available when needed.

  • All these patients had a named GP and a structured annual review to check their health and medicines needs were being met. For those patients with the most complex needs, the named GP worked with relevant health and care professionals to deliver a multidisciplinary package of care.

Families, children and young people


Updated 11 July 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of families, children and young people.

  • There were systems in place to identify and follow up children living in disadvantaged circumstances and who were at risk, for example, children and young people who had a high number of A&E attendances.

  • Immunisation rates were relatively high for all standard childhood immunisations.

  • Patients told us that children and young people were treated in an age-appropriate way and were recognised as individuals, and we saw evidence to confirm this.

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  • Appointments were available outside of school hours and the premises were suitable for children and babies.

  • We saw positive examples of joint working with midwives, health visitors and school nurses.

  • There was a dedicated clinic for the immunisation of children held on a weekly basis. Appointments were pre-arranged to provide flexibility, for example parents with school aged children.

Older people


Updated 11 July 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of older people.

  • The practice offered proactive, personalised care to meet the needs of the older people in its population.

  • The practice was responsive to the needs of older people, and offered home visits and urgent appointments for those with enhanced needs.

  • The practice allocated GP’s to provide appropriate care to patients who live in local care homes.

Working age people (including those recently retired and students)


Updated 11 July 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of working-age people (including those recently retired and students).

  • The needs of the working age population, those recently retired and students had been identified and the practice had adjusted the services it offered to ensure these were accessible, flexible and offered continuity of care.

The practice was proactive in offering online services as well as a full range of health promotion and screening that reflected the needs for this age group

People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia)


Updated 11 July 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of people experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia).

  • Nationally reported data from 2014/2015 showed 77% of patients diagnosed with dementia had had their care reviewed in a face to face meeting in the last 12 months; this was below than the national average of 84%.

  • Nationally reported data from 2014/2015 showed 80% of patients diagnosed with mental health problems had had an agreed care plan documented in the preceding 12 months; this was below the national average of 88%.

  • The practice regularly worked with multi-disciplinary teams in the case management of patients experiencing poor mental health, including those with dementia.

  • The practice carried out advance care planning for patients with dementia.

  • The practice had told patients experiencing poor mental health about how to access various support groups and voluntary organisations.

  • The practice had a system in place to follow up patients who had attended accident and emergency where they may have been experiencing poor mental health.

  • Staff had a good understanding of how to support patients with mental health needs and dementia.

People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable


Updated 11 July 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of people whose circumstances may make them vulnerable.

  • The practice held a register of patients living in vulnerable circumstances including those with a learning disability.

  • The practice offered longer appointments for patients with a learning disability.

  • The practice regularly worked with other health care professionals in the case management of vulnerable patients.

  • The practice informed vulnerable patients about how to access various support groups and voluntary organisations.

  • Staff knew how to recognise signs of abuse in vulnerable adults and children. Staff were aware of their responsibilities regarding information sharing, documentation of safeguarding concerns and how to contact relevant agencies in normal working hours and out of hours.