Latest CQC report praises Holsworthy Medical Centre for its work with the rural community.

One of England’s most rural GP practices, in Holsworthy, has been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Holsworthy Medical Centre was ranked as outstanding for being responsive and well led.

Ruth Rankine, deputy chief inspector of General Practice, said: “Holsworthy doctors’ practice has the distinction of covering what may be the largest geographic area of any practice in England.

“But despite the challenges of rural travel and distances involved, we found that patient satisfaction was very high.”

She said the practice understood patient needs and GPs travelled up to 15 miles a day on rural roads to carry out an average of four home visits a day.

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of General Practice, said: “Throughout the inspection we were particularly impressed by the way the practice shaped its service to meet the needs of its patients across a large stretch of our countryside.

“The GPs and all their staff deserve the credit for this outstanding service.”