Dronfield Medical Practice praised by inspectors

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A medical practice that serves almost 10,000 patients has been rated ‘good’ in all areas by inspectors.

Dronfield Medical Practice has been praised by the Care Quality Commission for operating a safe, effective, caring and well-led surgery.

The practice, on High Street, has around 9,700 patients on its books.

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of general practice for the CQC, said: “Patients expressed a high level of satisfaction about the way the services were provided. Patients were asked for their views, and their feedback was acted on to improve the service.

“Patients were treated with kindness, dignity and respect.”

It is one of 75 practices across the country who have had their inspection reports published by the CQC this week. Of those, three were rated outstanding and 57 good, while 10 required improvement and five listed as inadequate.

Professor Nigel Sparrow, CQC’s senior national GP advisor, said: “We know that the vast majority of England’s GPs are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. If that is what we find on inspection - we give it a rating of Good, and I congratulate the GPs and staff in these practices.

“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.”

Three of the practices that were found to be inadequate have been placed into special measures.

Those affected are based in Liverpool, Trafford and Reading.