22nd Oct, 2016

A Century-old medical practice in Solihull passed with flying colours in the most recent Care Quality Commission report

Aisling Kiely 2nd Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A CENTURY-OLD medical practice in Solihull has been graded ‘Outstanding’ in the most recent Care Commission Report – and received praise for its contribution in the borough.

Grove Surgery and Shirley Medical Centre, which are part of the Bernays and Whitehouse Medical Partnership, scored top marks in a number of areas during the inspection – including outstanding mental health support, long-term care and elderly care.

In a letter to the practice, Solihull MP Julian Knight said: “Good doctors’ services are invaluable in any community, and particularly in Solihull with its ageing population.

“Taking care of the vulnerable in society can be a difficult task, and it is always encouraging to see this being performed so well.”

The 103-year-old practice has also received recognition for the monthly dementia sessions set up by volunteers to support patients living with the disease and talk about the wide-range of resources available across the borough.

In an attempt to provide more services, the practice has teamed up with the dermatology team at Solihull Hospital to carry out minor operations for skin cancer.

Speaking after the inspection, Dr Sunil Kotecha said: “We are proud to have been awarded the highest accolade as an outstanding practice in England and this places us among the top five per cent of the GP practices in the UK.

“The achievement reflects the great teamwork spirit the practice has in delivering the service with pride- from the receptionist to the clinical staff.

“We are now continually looking ahead to see how we can look after the population in their own homes, new ways of working within our practice and collaborative working with neighbouring practices.”

But these aren’t the only achievements.

Solihull Walk-in Centre – which is also part of the organisation – is set to become one of the first Urgent Care Centres in Solihull to help deal with emergency care.