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Skipton GP practice retains its outstanding CQC rating

A GP practice in Skipton has retained its outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of an annual regulatory review.

The CQC reviewed the information available and found that the quality of service being provided at Dyneley House Surgery was still at a high standard. As a result, they decided that the surgery can retain its outstanding rating pending its next inspection.

In a previous inspection in 2016, the CQC found that the Newmarket Street surgery provided an overall outstanding service, particularly in the effective, responsive and well-led domains it assesses.


Led by Dr Andrew Sumnall, the surgery looks after more than 12,000 patients, supporting more than the national average of patients who are aged between 50 to 85 years.

In recognition of this, the surgery has taken steps to improve the lives of people living with dementia, winning a national award for its ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Friendly Communities’ in 2015. It has adapted its reception area to become dementia friendly by using contrasting paintwork between walls and doorways, using a dementia-friendly clock with clear figures and displaying local images and other familiar objects.

Dr Andrew Sumnall was pleased that the CQC continued to recognise the work the surgery does.

He said: “It acknowledges and recognises the immense hard work that all of our staff do, going the extra mile to try and give the best possible service to our patients. The recognition is even more pertinent because Dyneley House Surgery looks after many vulnerable older people.”

Dr James Thomas, Clinical Chair of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The practice is the only one in our CCG area to currently be rated as outstanding.

“As a CCG, our aim is that everyone who lives in Craven is able to access the best quality primary care and we are currently supporting our practices to work together in networks so that they can offer more services to patients and share best practice between them.”

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