Health watchdog praises Leeds GP surgery as ‘outstanding’

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A GP surgery that looks after Leeds students and their families has been praised by a health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Leeds Student Medical Practice as “Outstanding” in a new report following an inspection in May.

In the report, published this week, CQC inspectors praised staff at the city centre practice for treating patients with dignity and respect.

The GP surgery specialises in caring for students in the city, and their families, and includes a three-bed day resting facility.

Beverley Cole, head of general practice in the North for CQC, said: “It is clear Leeds Student Medical Practice is providing a caring, responsive and well-led service which is a real asset to students in Leeds. To get rated as Outstanding is a real achievement.

“We were impressed with the practice’s responsiveness to the needs of students, who make up the majority of their population.”

The GP surgery was rated as “Outstanding” in all areas of the inspection - including for being safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. 

Mrs Cole added: “The in-house mental health team offered early intervention to patients for a range of issues such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

“Feedback from patients showed the service was really valued by those that used it.”

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