• Doctor
  • Independent doctor

London Gynaecology at Austin Friars

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

15-18, Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HE (020) 7101 1700

Provided and run by:
London Gynaecology Limited

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about London Gynaecology at Austin Friars on 6 July 2023. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about London Gynaecology at Austin Friars, you can give feedback on this service.

23 June 2021

During a routine inspection

This service is rated as Good overall.

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

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at London Gynaecology at Austin Friars as part of our inspection programme. The provider, London Gynaecology Limited registered with the CQC in April 2020 and began operating The London Gynaecology at Austin Friars in February 2021. This was the services first CQC inspection.

One of the service’s directors is the registered manager. A registered manager is a person who is registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

We received 70 patient feedback forms. All the feedback indicated that patients were treated with kindness and respect. Staff were described as friendly, caring and professional. In addition, comment cards described the environment as pleasant, clean and tidy.

Our key findings were:

  • The provider had clear systems to keep people safe and safeguarded from abuse. Staff understood and fulfilled their responsibilities to raise concerns and report incidents and near misses.
  • Staff assessed patients’ needs and delivered care in line with relevant and current evidence based guidance and standards.
  • Patients were treated with dignity and respect and they were involved in decisions about their care and treatment and appropriate medical records were maintained.
  • Systems were in place to protect patients’ personal information.
  • Information about services and how to complain was available and easy to understand.
  • An induction programme was in place for all staff and evidence of certificate of specialist training was maintained for consultants.
  • Staff had the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver effective care and treatment.
  • The provider had a clear vision to provide a safe and high-quality service and there was a clear leadership and staff structure. Staff understood their roles and responsibilities.
  • We saw that there was a system for managing significant events and that learning and improvement was encouraged.
  • Staff and patients had access to all standard operating procedures and policies.
  • The provider had taken steps to implement quality improvement activity but there were areas for improvement identified. Namely, the provider had not sufficiently monitored the activity carried out by the consultants to ensure they were following clinical guidance.
  • The provider did not have effective safeguards in place to ensure only persons 18 years old or above accessed services.

The areas where the provider should make improvements are:

  • Develop a comprehensive program of quality improvement including clinical audit to drive improvement in care and treatment outcomes.
  • Update the service’s prescribing policy to include medication which should not be prescribed.
  • Include third stage process for independent resolution of complaints to the service’s patient information leaflet.
  • Include safety alerts as a standing item to the clinical meeting agenda.

Dr Rosie Benneyworth BM BS BMedSci MRCGP

Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care