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Councillor Kelham Cooke: Stamford Lakeside CQC report is 'far worse than I expected'

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Calls for a new GP surgery have grown louder in the light of an inspection report which has branded Lakeside Stamford 'inadequate'.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, released today (Monday, August 2), found a catalogue of failings by the GP healthcare provider, including missing DBS clearance checks for members of staff, missing references, and medicines not being kept securely.

Overall the CQC found the practice was "not providing care in a way which kept patients safe and protected them from avoidable harm".

Coun Kelham Cooke
Coun Kelham Cooke

Responding to the report, Kelham Cooke, leader of South Kesteven District Council and county councillor for Stamford East, said: “I am deeply concerned and disappointed by the damning matters highlighted in the Care Quality Commission’s inspection of Lakeside Healthcare at Stamford.

"The report published is far worse than what I and many others expected.

"After campaigning to prevent the closure of the St Mary’s Medical Centre last year, the local community deserves better, and should be confident in the care they are receiving from all GP practices, as a patient of St Mary’s for most of my life, we need to see a vast improvement very quickly in the quality of service being provided.

"I will be working closely with our local MPs, NHS leaders and Lakeside Healthcare to ensure standards are swiftly improved.

“This also highlights the need to investigate and look into the opportunities to support a new GP practice to open in Stamford, especially with the projected growth.”

To read a summary of the CQC inspection report, click here.

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