National honour for GP service

Back row, left to right; Derek Parsons, Dr Colin Scott, Dr Rob Straker-Bennett, Dr Lalitha Ganti, Cathy Adams.'Front row, left to right; Ann Ellis-Taylor, Judith Barlow, Anne Bagot-Moore, Roy Fisher, Dr Graham Evans, Dr Janet Johnson, Sue Lord.

Back row, left to right; Derek Parsons, Dr Colin Scott, Dr Rob Straker-Bennett, Dr Lalitha Ganti, Cathy Adams.'Front row, left to right; Ann Ellis-Taylor, Judith Barlow, Anne Bagot-Moore, Roy Fisher, Dr Graham Evans, Dr Janet Johnson, Sue Lord.

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A doctor’s practice has gained national recognition and a resort first for the quality and safety of its organisation.

St Paul’s Medical Centre, in North Shore, has been awarded the prestigious Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) practice accreditation, becoming the first practice in Blackpool to be recognised.

Staff had to meet close to 80 quality and safety standards, as well as submit 
evidence to show it has met at least 80 per cent of the standards established by the RCGP.

Dr Colin Scott, senior partner GP at the practice, said: “It is good that the high quality of healthcare we provide for our patients has been recognised, but we do not rest on our laurels, and continue to look for ways to improve further. We are 
fortunate to have a great team and benefit from the support of patients through our much valued Patient 
Reference Group.”

The standards reflect key aspects of primary care, 
including delivery of safe and quality care, as well as the development of the practice team. Chairman of NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Roy Fisher presented the practice with the award.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to present this award to St Paul’s Medical Centre on behalf of the CCG, and I’d like to extend congratulations to all of the practice team. This award reflects their great dedication and teamwork to provide high quality, safe effective health care for patients – something we as a CCG fully support.”