GP surgeries take steps to improve after being criticised by inspectors

UNDER FIRE  Middle Park Medical Centre, Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133464-174)
UNDER FIRE Middle Park Medical Centre, Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133464-174)

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A GP practice has improved the way it stores medicine after it was criticised by inspectors.

The Middle Park Medical Centre, in Middle Park Way, Leigh Park was found to have a number of problems.

Inspectors from the Quality Care Commission visited the practice, which is run by Dr Mohamed Hazeldene, in October this year, after concerns relating to the management of medicine were reported.

During the visit, inspectors found some drugs were kept in a treatment room and an unlocked cupboard, that controlled drugs weren’t kept separate, and prescription pads were not kept in a locked room.

Practice manager Ramzie Wafai said: ‘We’ve brought in a safe to keep controlled drugs separately and ensure all rooms with medicine are locked. Apart from that one issue, our report from the CQC was very positive. We have made changes following the inspection.’

A second practice was also criticised. Staff at Manor Way Surgery, in Manor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, told inspectors that they were not happy with the standard of cleaning and went to check the practice.

Practice manager Janette Rich said: ‘We have spoken to the CQC and have an action plan, which we have put in place.’

Both practices passed four of the five criteria of the inspection but needed to make improvements on standards of caring for people safely, and protecting them from harm.

More than 900 practices across the country were inspected, where nine practices were seen to have serious failings. The first national GP inspection programme will be rolled out next April.

Steve Taylor, manager of Portsmouth Healthwatch, said: ‘These inspections shine a spotlight on practices, and we welcome the move.

‘It’s great to see that almost all the practices in the area are doing well.

‘It’s disappointing to hear two had something flagged up, but hopefully they will get the matters sorted.’