Three surgeries work to improve their standards following report

The site plan for Church Street surgery in Holbeach. ANL-140112-134120001
The site plan for Church Street surgery in Holbeach. ANL-140112-134120001
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A South Lincolnshire health service is working with three GP practices following a damning report which highlighted risks within them.

The South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be working with Suttons Medical Group, Munro Medical Centre and Holbeach Medical Centre to improve standards, after the Care Quality Commission’s intelligent monitoring reports showed that there were issues within the surgeries.

The reports are made up of different types of evidence on patient experience, care and treatment, based on sources including surveys and official statistics.

The issues, stated as risks or elevated risks at surgeries in South Holland in the reports, meant that the practices were put into band one of six, which means that they are of the highest priority.

Risks at the surgeries include GPs treating patients with care and concern, nurses involving patients in decisions about their care, ease of getting through to someone at the surgery and satisfaction with surgery open hours.

Moulton Medical Centre was put into band two, which still means that it is a priority, with one elevated risks named and three risks.

Gary Thompson, chief officer at South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “The CQC’s Intelligent Monitoring reports use data for GP practices from a range of sources relating to important areas of care, which give the CQC a clearer understanding of each practice and help it to decide when, where and what to inspect.

“The reports include indicators covering a range of activity in practices and the experiences of patients across South Lincolnshire.

“We are aware that the report does highlight a small number of risk areas at some practices and we will work together to understand these and to establish what support we can provide.

“We continue to be committed to providing the highest quality, safe services for all of our patients.”

Holbeach could soon have a brand new medical centre, after Ashley King Developments submitted a planning application to South Holland District Council for the surgery to be built.

The surgery would be named Church Street surgery and would be built on the former builders site where Langwith Construction was based.

The site plan, by Stringer and Jones architects, shows that the centre would include parking and a pharmacy.

Ashley King said: “We have been looking to provide a state of the art medical centre for Holbeach for a number of years .

“Hopefully this proposal will be considered favourably by both District Council and the NHS,allowing us to finally bring the plans to fruition.”