Corringham GP surgery rated inadequate

A CORRINGHAM surgery has been rated inadequate by health watchdog, CQC.

Ash Tree

Ash Tree Surgery on Fobbing Road was visited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in January.

The critical report found there was not an effective safeguarding policy for vulnerable adults, there was an insufficient supply of medicine in the event of an emergency, and patients on “high risk” medication were being made to wait months for blood tests.

Chief Inspector of General Practices for CQC, Professor Steve Field said: “The practice had processes in place to monitor high risk medicines, however we found the system was ineffective to ensure all patients were having regular reviews.

“We reviewed patients being prescribed Methotrexate and found two patients who had not had a blood test within the last three months and two patients who had been given a blood test form but had not had their bloods taken.”

“We found systems and processes lacked oversight and governance and as a result the practice had not identified areas of risk within the practice.

“For example, no risk assessments had been carried out. These included a fire risk assessment, health and safety assessment and a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health assessment.”

The surgery treats 1,939 patients and is managed by the lead GP, Dr Kim Chueng.

The full report can be found here.

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