Report is great news for practice

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by the Bedlingtonshire Medical Group to be outstanding following an inspection carried out in February.

Inspectors said the practice was well equipped to treat patients and meet their needs.

Information about how to complain was available and easy to understand and the practice had a clear vision, which had quality and safety as its top priority.

Outstanding work identified in their report includes implementing a number of initiatives as part of the practice’s High Risk pathway, which was designed to manage patients at risk of unplanned hospital admissions.

These included a review of prescribing that had reduced unnecessary repeat prescriptions by 16 per cent.

In addition, a practice nurse with experience of minor illness care had been employed to implement a minor illness clinic at the practice.

Any patients who fit the criteria on the list could be given an appointment with the nurse instead of a GP.

Bedlingtonshire Medical Group GP Partners Dr John Todd and Dr Gary Alford said: “We are proud to have achieved the grade of outstanding in our recent CQC inspection.

“We attribute this fantastic achievement to the hard work and dedication of both the clinical and administrative teams.

“The practice demonstrated outstanding work in the domains of safety, effectiveness, leadership and responsiveness.

“This puts Bedlingtonshire Medical Group in the top four per cent of GP surgeries in the country.”