Den­tal prac­tice slammed

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

A RUN­CORN den­tist whose medicines were all 11 or 12 years past their ex­piry date has re­tired and closed his surgery per­ma­nently.

Graeme Lum­ley, 59, of Latham Av­enue den­tal prac­tice, called it a day after the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC) pub­lished a re­port in which it slated the surgery for ‘ not pro­vid­ing care in ac­cor­dance with the rel­e­vant reg­u­la­tions’.

Other prob­lems dis­cov­ered in­cluded the wa­ter line sys­tems not be­ing checked for six months and miss­ing emer­gency equip­ment.

The CQC in­spec­tion re­port said the den­tist said they had emer­gency oxy­gen but could not find it when asked.

Nor did they have a de­fib­ril­la­tor and in ad­di­tion, its in­dem­nity form on dis­play was sev­eral months out of date.

The reg­u­la­tor ruled that ‘en­force­ment ac­tion’ was needed, and told the surgery it needed to take steps to bring its stan­dards up to scratch in­clud­ing en­sur- ● ing care is pro­vided in a safe way, equip­ment and premises are fit for use, es­tab­lish sys­tems for good gov­er­nance and in­sti­gate an an­nual ap­praisals pro­gramme.

An in­spec­tion re­port said Mr Lum­ley agreed to close for two weeks after an ini­tial visit but when the CQC re­turned, not enough progress had been made and the as­sess­ment did not take place as Mr Lum­ley de­cided to shut per­ma­nently and can­cel the prac­tice’s reg­is­tra­tion with the reg­u­la­tor.

The CQC said: “The prac­tice had most of the emer­gency medicines avail­able, as rec­om­mended in recog­nised guid­ance, with the ex­cep­tion of one. All the medicines were sig­nif­i­cantly past their ex­piry date, by 11 to 12 years.

“The provider had some but not all of the rec­om­mended emer­gency med­i­cal equip­ment avail­able.

“Three items were not avail­able.

“The provider told us they had emer­gency med­i­cal oxy­gen but staff could not find the cylin­der.

“The provider did not have an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) and had not as­sessed and iden­ti­fied the risks as­so­ci­ated with the un­avail­abil­ity of an AED.”

Latham Av­enue Den­tal Prac­tice

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