Clinic is given clean bill of health by inspection team

4/9/13- The Arthur Blackman Clinic in St Leonards.
4/9/13- The Arthur Blackman Clinic in St Leonards.

AN NHS clinic has been given a clean bill of health following an unannounced inspection.

A team from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) descended on the Arthur Blackman Clinic in Battle Road on July 16 to make sure the standard of care and safety were up to scratch.

During the visit, the inspectors spoke to people accessing the clinic’s variety of services, including four mothers. Then, after the inspection they spoke to a care worker for people with learning disabilities who frequently used the dental services on offer on the site. They also spoke with staff, ranging from clinicians and health care professionals to administrative and housekeeping staff.

Their report was released last week and the centre was given a thumbs up in each of the areas assessed – concluding the Arthur Blackman fully meets all the essential standards put in place by the Government.

In the20-page report – which is available to view online at the CQC’s website – there was praise for staff.

Parents and patients interviewed told the CQC they “were pleased with the care and treatment provided” and had been “provided with good information”. Patients also said they had “no concerns about confidentiality or privacy and dignity”.

Darren Grayson, the chief executive of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust which runs the clinic, said he was proud of the staff. He said: “We are delighted that the CQC have confirmed what we already know – that the quality of care that patients receive at Arthur Blackman Clinic is of an extremely high standard.

“I would like to congratulate our staff at the clinic who deserve this recognition for the hard work they do each day in ensuring patients receive the best possible care.”

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides a wide range of services from the Arthur Blackman Clinic, including chiropody, family planning, health trainer (supporting healthier lifestyles), specialist dental and emergency dental services and vaccination clinics.

The clinic is also a base for community staff including the Hastings and Rother Community Heart Failure Service, school nurses, health visitors and district nurses