GP surgery in ‘spe­cial mea­sures’

Two surg­eries run by the same doc­tor are heav­ily crit­i­cised

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Doc­tor’s surgery, the Grange Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Mayor’s Walk, Peter­bor­ough, has been placed in spe­cial mea­sures after a crit­i­cal re­port from a health watch­dog.

A sec­ond GP surgery man­aged by the same doc­tor has been put in spe­cial mea­sures.

The Grange Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Mayor’s Walk was found by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion to be risk­ing pa­tient safety.

In­spec­tors dis­cov­ered in a ran­dom check that a pre­scrip­tion for ahigh-risk medicine had been is­sued “above the safe range” with­out the pa­tient be­ing re­viewed.

The Grange is run by Dr Ru­pert Bank art who also op­er­ates Bo­tolph Bridge Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre in Su­gar Way which was also re­cently rated as in­ad­e­quate.

Peter­bor­ough MPS te wart Jack­son said he had raised con­cerns about The Grange with the Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, adding: “I would like to see an ur­gent ac­tion plan put in place to ad­dress the prob­lems raised in or­der to re­as­sure lo­cal peo­ple.”

The CQC re­port said pa­tient safety was “not se­cure.”

It added that records to demon­strate each locum’s train­ing and qual­i­fi­ca­tions were not com­plete, while there was no ev­i­dence of a DBS (crim­i­nal record) check for one locum.

A de­vice used for check­ing pa­tients’ blood su­gar lev­els had not been checked since Novem­ber 2015 even though it should be checked monthly, while the role of med­i­cal as­sis­tantshadal­sobeen­with- drawn.

At Bo­tolph Bridge, med­i­cal as­sis­tants were giv­ing clin­i­cal ad­vice to pa­tients and adding new med­i­ca­tions on their records with­out be­ing qual­i­fied or trained to do so.

In a state­ment Dr Bankart high­lighted the “chal­leng­ing times” in the NHS. He added: “My­self and all the staff at The Grange are fully com­mit­ted to giv­ing our pa­tients the very best pos­si­ble care avail­able.

“We pride our­selves as a small and car­ing prac­tice and are very dis­ap­pointed by the CQC re­port which we are do­ing every­thing pos­si­ble to rec­tify.”

North West Cam­bridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said he is wait­ing to hear back from NHS Eng­land over his calls for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Bo­tolph Bridge.

The Grange Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Mayor’s Walk

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