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‘GOOD’ CHECK UP FOR ASHBOURNE MEDICAL PRACTICE

An Ashbourne GP surgery has been told it is providing a good service to more than 8,000 patients.

Ashbourne Medical Practice in Clifton Road was found to be “good” in five keys areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following an inspection in October.

In the report chief inspector of general practice, Professor Steve Field, said patients’ needs were assessed, care was planned and delivered well, and patients were happy with how they were treated at the good, purpose-built facilities.

The report also highlighted how services were tailored to suit individual patients in a way that was “outstanding”.

Praise was given to a multi-disciplinary team which includes social care and the voluntary sector to help co-ordinated planning of care by multiple professionals for patients at risk of unplanned admissions into hospital.

The practice’s CQC manager, GP partner Dr Rachel Ward said preparing for the inspection was hard work but the result was worthwhile.

She said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with this report, which is a reflection of us having such hard-working staff and a lovely patient group.

“We also have very good relationships with the wider primary care team and I think that’s been reflected in the report findings.

“We’re going to carry on working hard to continue offering excellent patient care.”

The only area outlined for possible improvement was ensuring complaints and significant events reflected the actions taken and outcomes.

Kate Brown, director of planning and primary care development for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The practice works hard in its aim to offer good quality care for patients.

“It’s great to see this has been confirmed through independent assessment.

"Congratulations to everyone involved in this success."