Three GP practices told to improve by inspectors

Three GP practices have been told they ‘require improvement’ following latest inspections.

The trio of establishments were visited by specialist teams from the Care Quality Commission as part of the organisations’s new approach.

Patients should be able to expect high quality and consistent care from every GP practice

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of General Practice

Priory Medical Group’s facilities at Addington Drive, Hadrian Park Estate, Wallsend; Percy Street, Tynemouth; and Albion Road, North Shields, were all rated ‘required improvement’.

While the facilities at all three were rated good for ‘effective’, ‘caring’ and ‘response’, concerns were raised over ‘safe’ and ‘well-led’ categories.

Inspectors rated Wellspring Medical Practice, in Killingworth, as ‘good’.

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of general practice, said: “We know that the vast majority of England’s GPs are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

“Patients should be able to expect high quality and consistent care from every GP practice.

“Where we have required improvement, we will expect the practice to take the necessary steps to address the issue, and we will return at a later date to check that those improvements have been made.”