Good news for two Swindon GP surgeries as CQC recognise improvements

By Jamie Hill - 17 April 2018

Health

Two Swindon surgeries, Abbey Meads Medical Practice and Eldene Surgery, have received improved ratings from the Care Quality Commission, with each practice now rated as good for the care given to patients.

Abbey Meads Medical Practice in North Swindon, which has 18,200 patients, was rated good across all of the five areas – safety, effectiveness, quality of care, responsiveness and leadership – that the CQC inspect following a visit in February.

Dr Karen Irwin, GP Partner at Abbey Meads Medical Practice, said: “I am immensely proud of all that the team has achieved in the face of the ever-increasing pressures on the public health sector.

“The NHS is constantly evolving and it’s important that, as a provider of primary health care services, we evolve with it to ensure our patients can continue to receive the high standard of care they deserve.”

Eldene Surgery, which has 7,700 patients, also received good ratings across the board following its inspection in March.

Both surgeries became part of the Integral Medical Holdings Group last year. The organisation, which is responsible for a national network of primary health care practices, shares clinical resources and back office administration to help frontline teams provide consistently safe and effective clinical care to patients.

Dr David Jones, Chief Medical Officer of the IMH Group, said: “We are delighted the CQC has recognised the high quality of clinical services these two surgeries deliver to their patients. “Since Abbey Meads Medical Practice and Eldene Surgery joined the IMH Group last year, I have seen an incredible level of dedication shown by staff to enhance quality of care and to improve the experience of patients. “We will continue to work closely with practices in the Swindon area, as well as listening to patients and the wider healthcare community, to ensure we continue to deliver the vision of the NHS.”

Paul Vater, Chief Operating Officer at Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are pleased the high quality of care being provided by Abbey Meads Medical Practice and Eldene Surgery has been recognised.

"It is a testament to the hard work of all those involved in the provision of services at those practices.”

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