Keldregate Updates

Welcome to the Keldregate updates page, which will provide updates and information about The Grange branch surgery in Keldregate, Deighton. The updates are displayed in chronological order, with the most recent information at the top. Please scroll to the bottom and read upwards to read from the start.


Update September 2020

The practice carried out an initial telephone survey of 20 households living in the Keldregate area, to find out how the temporary closure is affecting their access to services.

Action taken by the practice:

  • Comments from patients were taken on board and any issues were resolved. 

  • The practice introduced its eConsult service, allowing patients to access advice from their GP quickly and easily online.

  • Electronic prescribing was increased to prevent patients needing to collect prescriptions from the practice (allowing them to collect from local pharmacies). 

  • Access to online ordering via online services has been promoted.

  • Restrictions preventing patients ordering over the phone have been relaxed during the pandemic for any patients unable to use online services.


Update August 2020

The Huddersfield CCG acknowledged that it is not safe for the Keldregate branch to be open during the pandemic, and formally agreed to the temporary closure until February 2021 when circumstances will be reviewed.

Action taken by the practice:

  • Extended access appointments were extended from 2 days per week to 4 days per week at the main site in order to further improve access to services. The Fartown site is now open 8am- 8pm Monday-Thursday, and 8am- 6:30pm on Fridays.


Update July 2020

The practice invited the Huddersfield Care Commissioning Group (CCG) to look round to assess whether the branch surgery was safe to practice from during the pandemic.


Update March 2020

The Keldregate branch surgery was identified as being clinically unsafe to operate from during the coronavirus pandemic.

Action taken by the practice:

  • The practice closed the Keldregate branch surgery to protect staff and patients.

  • The practice introduced its eConsult service, allowing patients to access advice from their GP quickly and easily online.

  • Electronic prescribing was increased to prevent patients needing to collect prescriptions from the practice (allowing them to collect from local pharmacies).


Update August 2019 (2)

Site survey independently reported the site not to be fit for purpose when assessed against NHS Primary care guidelines and Disability Discrimination Act accessibility standards.

The architects report found that the Keldregate premises were not fit for purpose for a number of reasons:



    • The total size is only a third of the minimum size that is recommended for any GP surgery by NHS guidance.

    • The clinic rooms also do not meet the minimum size requirements set by the guidance.

    • The site is in a residential area with no dedicated parking, so all staff and patients must park in the surrounding streets.

    • The building is at the top of a slope, and although steps and a ramp have been put in place, the gradient is much steeper than the acceptable standards set by building regulations for disabled access.

    • The main (and only) entrance has a narrow inward opening door which is not wide enough to meet building regulations.

    • All doors in the building do not meet width requirements for wheelchair access.

    • The consultation room doors and internal walls fall far short of acoustic requirements, which present confidentiality concerns.


Action Taken by The Practice

  • This was raised with the Huddersfield Care Commissioning Group (CCG)

  • The practice minimised risk by reducing clinical services at the Keldregate site.

  • Access to the Grange main site was improved by adding more extended hours clinics at weekends.



Update August 2019 (1)

In August 2019, it was suggested by the Grange clinical team that the Keldregate branch site is not fit for purpose, due to accessibility issues.

 

Action taken by the practice:

  • An independent site survey was commissioned to assess the branch surgery against NHS Primary care guidelines and Disability Discrimination Act accessibility standards.





 Background

The Keldregate branch surgery is not a purpose-built surgery, but a semi-detached bungalow which was modified and converted into a small GP surgery in the 1990s. This included adding a small extension at the back, to facilitate 3 small clinic rooms, a reception desk, a small waiting area and one WC.

The Keldregate surgery was taken over by The Grange in the early 2000s when the practicing GP at the time retired, as no other practices in the area were willing to take it on.

 

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