A GOLDTHORPE dental practice has improved since its last Care Quality Commission inspection, a report has revealed.

Dearne Valley Dental Practice, based on High Street, was told by inspectors last year that its services were not well-led.

This led to a follow-up inspection, which took place last month, where inspectors found that the service had improved.

The report said: “We undertook an off-site follow up inspection of Dearne Valley Dental Practice on April 16.

“During the inspection we spoke with the practice manager. We looked at practice policies, procedures and other records to assess how the service is managed.

“This inspection was carried out to review the actions taken by the registered provider to improve the quality of care and to confirm that the practice was now meeting legal requirements.

We found that this practice was providing well-led care and was complying with the relevant regulations.

Medical emergency equipment was available and monitored as required. We discussed with the practice manager the benefits of increasing the checks of the fridge temperature, oxygen cylinder and automated external defibrillator to daily.

They confirmed this would be implemented.

“A risk assessment had been carried out as part of the management of dental sharps and discussed with staff.

“Information relating to the management of a needlestick injury was accessible to staff and the policy had been updated to include all important information.”

Last year’s inspection found that there was a lack of management oversight for some of the practice’s systems. However, last month’s inspection shows improvements have been made.

The report added: “Since the last inspection, the practice had introduced anti microbial prescribing audits. We discussed with the practice manager that further improvements could be made to the audit in accordance with current guidelines.”