A GP surgery rated inadequate on health and safety grounds, including a risk of a Legionella outbreak

BBC news report that a GP surgery in Oxfordshire has been rated inadequate on health and safety grounds, including a risk of a Legionella outbreak.

A possible outbreak of the water-borne bacteria due to plumbing faults was one of the issues identified at Langford Medical Practice in Bicester.

The surgery said it was “disappointed” with the rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC rated the surgery’s care towards patients as good.

The report highlighted medicine management was inadequate, such as expiry dates not being checked and prescription pads not being stored securely.

The inspector said steps to prevent the spread of Legionella had not been carried out, despite a water company’s report in February stating immediate action was needed.

A spokesman for the Langford Medical Practice Patient Reference Group said: “The vast majority of people have rated the surgery as excellent and would have no problem recommending it to friends and family so we were somewhat bemused by the findings.”

Dr Thomas Anderson from the surgery said the report “details much of the high quality clinical service that is provided to the practice population and we have received a good rating for services that are both caring and responsive to people’s needs”.