The CQC has today (6th April 2017) published the reports of its visits to Circuit Lane and Priory Avenue Surgery during January. Both surgeries were rated as ‘inadequate’ at that time. Since then North West Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and OneMedicalGroup (which runs both surgeries) have been working closely to address the problems identified. The CCG has provided a team of local doctors, nurses and clerical staff under the leadership of an experienced local practice manager to work with the practice teams and wrote to all patients in February to update them on the improvements made. The surgeries are now up to date on prescriptions, pathology tests and hospital letters. Patients should now be able to get their prescription within 48 hours and appointment availability has improved. One Medical Group has also appointed a number of new nursing staff and a pharmacist who are working to improve care, particularly for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma. They are looking to appoint further permanent GPs and other staff in the near future.
The CCG will continue to work alongside OneMedicalGroup until they have been able to make all the improvements raised in the CQC’s reports.
Dr Andy Ciecierski, clinical chair of the CCG said: “We are satisfied that significant progress has been made since the CQC visits in January and are confident that OneMedicalGroup is committed to bringing in long-term improvements at both practices. We now hope a renewed push to recruit permanent doctors and nurses will be successful, recognising that all practices in the area are finding this challenging at the moment.”
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