A MEDICAL centre providing services to more than 5,000 patients in Oldham has received an overall "good" rating from the care regulator.

The Care Quality Commission delivered the rating in all but one category for Oldham Medical Services, based at Langham House, in Ashton Road, Hathershaw.

The practice provides diagnostic and screening procedures, maternity and midwifery services, surgical procedures and treatment of disease, disorder and injury.

The CQC inspection was carried out on December 18, 2019, and was found to be satisfactory for its safety, quality of care, responsiveness and leadership.

For effectiveness it was deemed "requires improvement" due to data relating to childhood immunisations and cervical screening.

At its previous inspection in November, 2018, it was also judged to "good" overall, but was said to "require improvement" in safety procedures.

In December, the inspection team saw that the procedures had been updated and all required checks had taken place.

The report by Dr Rose Benneyworth, chief inspector of primary medical services, said: "We found that the practice provided care in a way that kept patients safe and protected them from avoidable harm.

"Patients usually received effective care and treatment that met their needs.

"Staff dealt with patients with kindness and respect and involved them in decisions about their care.

"The practice organised and delivered services to meet patients' needs. Patients could access care and treatment in a timely way.

"the way the practice was led and managed promoted the delivery of high-quality, person-centre cared care."

However, while the inspection team found no breaches of regulations, the provider needed to put a formal audit plan in place and improve the levels of childhood immunisations and cervical screening.

There are two partners at the practice, both women, and two locum practice nurses and a healthcare assistant. They are supported by a practice manager, reception manager and administrative staff.