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Forest Gate Practice rated Inadequate by CQC

3 August 2016
Dr SKS Swedan & Partner
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The Chief Inspector of General Practice has placed a GP practice in Forest Gate, east London, into special measures.

Care Quality Commission Inspectors rated Dr SKS Swedan & Partner, as Inadequate overall and Inadequate for being safe and well-led. It was rated Requires Improvement for being effective, caring and responsive, after an inspection in May 2016.

Inspectors found that some of the practice’s systems and processes had weaknesses or were not in place to keep patients safe. For example, the chaperoning policy and arrangements for reporting and preventing accidents and incidents were not robust.

Medicines were not always managed safely and effectively.

There were gaps in staff training and the induction programme including fire safety, infection control, annual basic life support and safeguarding.

However, patients generally said they found it easy to make an appointment with a named GP and urgent appointments were available the same day. The practice had good facilities and was well equipped to treat patients and meet their needs.

A full report of the inspection, which details inspectors’ findings and highlights the areas where improvements must be made, has been published.

Ursula Gallagher, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice in CQC’s London region said: “It is important that the people who are registered at Dr SKS Swedan & Partner can rely on getting the high quality care which everyone is entitled to receive from their GP.

“We have now placed the practice into special measures – which means we will inspect again in six months’ time. This will enable the practice to access all the support it needs via NHS England, using the vulnerable practices scheme.”


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Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors

CQC has published a full report about Dr SKS Swedan & Partner.

Patients registered with practices which are placed into special measures should be aware that the package of support being offered by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs will ensure that there are no immediate risks to patient safety at these GP practices whilst improvements are being made. This does not mean that these practices will close.

To get to the heart of people’s experiences of care, we always ask the following five questions of services.

  • Are they safe?
  • Are they effective?
  • Are they caring?
  • Are they responsive to people’s needs?
  • Are they well-led?

For every NHS GP practice we will look at the quality of care for the following six population groups: Older people, People with long-term conditions, Families, children and young people, Working age people (including those recently retired and students), People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable, People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia).

Providers are required to display their ratings on their premises and on their websites so that the public can see their rating quickly and easily. Further information on the display of CQC ratings.

About the Care Quality Commission

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We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.