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ACCREDITATION - HOW GOOD ARE WE?

ACCREDITATION is a process where an external agency comes in and assesses our practice, our policies and procedures.  It is all about safety.

They look at our equipment, our sterilizing processes, our vaccine cold chains.  They look at our computers, how safe the confidential data is, how well we manage procedures like recall systems to minimize the chance of an important pathology report not being overlooked.  They look at our medical records and how well the clinical information is recorded.  They look at our equipment, ensure that it is up to date and working properly and that we know how to use it.  They look at standards of practice, whether we see patients in homes and nursing homes, whether our patients can access medical help after hours.  Overall they look at hundreds of different aspects of the practice.

Most modern practices that are well run can pass accreditation at first inspection.  Many get a qualified pass - there is something that they have to fix up before they get full approval.  Some practices don't even apply for accreditation - it takes a lot of careful preparation, a lot of attention to detail, and a fair amount of money to get everything good enough to meet the current standards.  Most practices have been operating for years before they apply for accreditation.

MAUD STREET MEDICAL CENTRE IS GOING THROUGH STANDARDS 5 ACCREDITATION THIS YEAR, WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED WHIT OUR RESULTS.