A village GP surgery has been deemed inadequate by care inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has placed Shebbear’s Beech House practice in special measures after a comprehensive inspection of the service, which also includes Hatherleigh Surgery, in January.

It found the practice to be inadequate at keeping the service safe and well-led, and branded the care of all population groups as inadequate. It was rated good for being effective, caring and responsive.

In the CQC report, chief inspector of general practice, Professor Steve Field, said a lack of improvement in six months could lead to the service being closed.

The two surgeries provide services for nearly 4,000 patients.

The report highlighted a member of staff recruited without a Disclosure and Barring Service check, gaps in staff training and medicines being dispensed without signed prescriptions as part of its inadequate rating.

It also cited ‘insufficient leadership’ and a ‘continued theme of inadequate governance processes’.

Despite the overall rating, the commission found patients were treated with compassion, dignity and respect, and clinical staff had been trained to provide effective care and treatment.

The full report can be read here.