Breaking: Serious concerns over Tetford surgery


A GP practice in Tetford has been found as failing to meet basic standards according to the Care Quality Commission.

In the first national inspection of nearly 1,000 surgeries in the country The Wolds Practice in Tetford requires improvement in three of the five inspection reports carried out by the CQC.

The report reads that improvements are required under the header ‘People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection’.

The judgement of the report said: “There were some systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. However, the policies available did not fully describe the processes needed and staff were not adhering to existing policies.’

The report found that records for one controlled drug were not available to examine and that other controlled drug records had not been completed correctly.

It also revealed that there had been a number of errors relating to medicines being supplied incorrectly to patients.

The CQC said: ‘We were told that this had arisen because of the involvement, at busier times, of staff that were not authorised dispensing technicians.’

The report also revealed that improvements were required under the header ‘Staff should be properly trained and supervised, and have the chance to develop and improve their skills’.

It revealed that there had been no structured induction process for two members of staff who had started in the three months before August 2013.

There was also no training policy in place.

The Horncastle News has contacted The Wolds Practice but so far they have been unavailable to comment.