Report reveals catalogue of failings that lead to closure of Wainfleet Surgery

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Wainfleet Surgery was graded as ‘inadequate’ across the board by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors, who today revealed a catalogue of failings that lead to its closure.

As reported previously, the GP was closed for good on January 17, three months after it had its registration suspended following a damning CQC report.

The surgery, where around 2,000 patients were registered, was criticised for a number of failings in a report, which was published on Thursday, January 19.

The surgery scored ‘inadequate’ for every element of the inspection.

Inspections took place on October 21 and 31. Key findings included:

  • Patients were at risk of harm because systems and processes were not in place to keep them safe
  • Latest DBS checks were not in place
  • Patient care records in relation to medication reviews were not found to be factually accurate
  • A GP partner carried out insertion of contraception implants but had not completed up to date basic life support training and was therefore not accredited to carry out this procedure
  • Arrangements to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from abuse did not reflect relevant legislation and local requirements
  • Not all risks to patients were assessed and well managed
  • The practice did not maintain appropriate standards of cleanliness and hygiene

Chief Inspector of General Practice Professor Steve Field said in the report summary: “Following our inspection on 20 and 31 October 2016 we took enforcement action against the provider on the November 9 2016.

“We issued an urgent notice of decision to immediately suspend their registration as a service provider (in respect of all regulated activities for which they are registered) for a period of three months.

“We took this action because we believed that a person would or might be exposed to the risk of harm if we did not take this action.”

Inspectors had made the decision to place the surgery into special measures


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