What care homes should look for in a GP

Outstanding GP care to care home residents has earned the Over-Wyre Medical Practice in Preesall, near Poulton Le Fylde in Lancashire an outstanding for leadership and effectiveness.

Inspectors commended the GPs for being in weekly or fortnightly telephone contact with their allocated homes and for undertaking monthly ward rounds when required. Homes have also been offered clinical triage within two days, holistic assessment, advanced care planning, monthly “ward rounds” and medication reviews, particularly around long term medications that were no longer required. Details of medication changes were sent to the care homes when adjustments were made and inviting them to feedback if there were any issues.

Inspectors said they saw evidence that both hospital admissions and attendance at A&E had been reduced as a result of the outstanding care – from 12 in December 2015 when the service started to four in December 2016. Further, in October 2017 whilst there were 430 active patients, including 24 new patients, there were no hospital admissions and no A&E attendances.

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