Chet Valley Medical Practice in Loddon rated ‘outstanding’ by Care Quality Commission

Chet Valley Medical Practice in Loddon. Photo: Chet Valley Medical Practice

Chet Valley Medical Practice in Loddon. Photo: Chet Valley Medical Practice - Credit: Chet Valley Medical Practice

Several excellent examples of medical care have been highlighted at a GP surgery by health inspectors who gave it an 'outstanding' rating.

Chet Valley Medical Practice, on George Lane, Loddon, was praised for the specialist treatment it offers for conditions ranging from diabetes, sexual health, eating disorders, and ear problems.

The findings, by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission, have been published in a report.

A spokesman for the surgery said: 'The practice team is delighted to have achieved this rating as a result of many years of hard work and commitment.'

Inspectors visited the surgery, also known as Dr Barrie and Partners, in July last year and were impressed by a number of services offered by clinicians.


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These included an investment in a neurothesiometer, which is a diagnostic instrument that enables GPs to identify risks of diabetic patients developing foot ulcerations.

This was among services that have been extended to help patients from other practices.

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Inspectors also highlighted the surgery's ability to provide 'microsuction' to their patients in order to safely remove earwax.

This meant the practice could 'treat patients quicker and more effectively with more positive outcomes'.

It also took pressure off hospitals as the surgery could help patients with more complex needs in this area.

And according to the inspectors: 'The practice used proactive methods to improve patient outcomes and those methods were shared with other practices.

The surgery was hailed for the way it helped patients avoid needing to be admitted to hospital.

Inspectors said: 'The practice had worked extensively on producing effective admission avoidance processes.

'Data on admission avoidance for the period April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016, showed that the practice was among the best performing practices in the area against emergency admissions, accident and emergency attendances, and outpatient attendances in the area.'

The practice also worked proactively to ensure that patients on their learning-disability register received their annual health reviews.

It had been asked to share this process so that other surgeries could improve their review rates.

Patients also told inspectors they were treated with compassion, dignity, and respect.

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