A GENERAL practice medical centre in Barrow has been rated ‘Good’ following a recent inspection.
Atkinson Health Care Practice on Duke Street received the rating following an assessment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an assessment carried out on August 17, 2022, the first inspection carried out at the practice under its current registration.
The practice was labelled Good by the CQC in all five categories – Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive, and Well-led, after an announced inspection carried out with regard to Covid-safety.
The report states: “Feedback from staff was positive regarding the leadership and management of the practice.
“Patients received effective care and treatment that met their needs although the monitoring of high-risk medicines was in need of review for some patients.
“Staff dealt with patients with kindness and respect and utilised social prescribing to help improve patient’s health and wellbeing.
“The practice had adjusted how it delivered services to meet the needs of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and monitored access to services.
“Following the inspection, the provider acted promptly to resolve any issues identified during the inspection.
While the inspection found no breaches, the practice was asked to review the management of patients’ prescribed medicines that require monitoring to ensure this is being completed in accordance with recommended best practice guidelines.
The CQC also advised the practice to include the contact details of the parliamentary and health service ombudsman in complaint correspondence, continue with plans to improve cervical cancer screening uptake levels, and progress plans to establish an active patient participation group.
The practice, which shares the Alfred Barrow Health Centre with Abbey Road Surgery and Risedale Surgery, serves a population of ‘around 5,155’ patients.
The CQC report says: “Information published by Public Health England shows that deprivation within the practice population group is in the second lowest decile (2 of 10).
“The lower the decile, the more deprived the practice population is relative to others.”
“Life expectancy for females is 80.5 years and 76.5 years for males, which is slightly lower than the national average of 83.2 years and 79.7 years respectively.”