Exmouth surgery wins award for innovation

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 October 2016

Ian Biggs, NHS England Head of Primary Care Transformation Fund, presenting Debbie Sargeant and Jim Forrer from Claremont Medical Practice with their award.

Ian Biggs, NHS England Head of Primary Care Transformation Fund, presenting Debbie Sargeant and Jim Forrer from Claremont Medical Practice with their award.

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An Exmouth medical practice is celebrating after being recognised for its innovative approach to healthcare.

Claremont Medical Practice received the Infrastructure Award, for ‘having the best example of creative use of accommodation and space to deliver patient centred care’, at the first-ever South West Primary Care Innovation Awards.

The award acknowledged the self-care system in the practice’s waiting room, which provides contraceptive, asthma and weight checks, as well as a blood pressure monitor.

The judges’ comments on the award were: “The self-care system was simple to implement and gave sufficient privacy for patients to be confident about using the machines, alleviating their fear of revealing the results in a crowded waiting.”

Reacting to the award, and attending the ceremony in Exeter alongside other innovative healthcare providers, Dr Jim Forrer, from Claremont Medical Practice, said: “Seeing all the enthusiasm for improvement is inspiring and being part of a group that hears about the newest ideas has motivated us to do more and progress better.

“We’re really grateful for the opportunity.”

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