North London practice prevented from operating

The Monteiro Clinic North in Brent, London, has been forced to stop providing medical services with immediate effect.

The private practice was not rated after its most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in July, and was rated ‘inadequate’ during a previous inspection in April.

The regulator imposed an urgent condition on the provider in July after inspectors raised serious concerns regarding the management of patients prescribed high risk medicines.

Inspectors found practice nurses had not received specific training or had been competency checked. The regulator also found they had been working whilst subject to an urgent condition to prevent them from doing so.

The service was also importing medicines from Portugal without an import licence and was administering yellow fever vaccines but was not registered as a yellow fever centre.

‘Following the previous inspection of 17 April 2019, this service had warning notices placed against it,’ said Antony Hall, head of inspection for primary medical services in London. ‘Insufficient improvements have been made to ensure that patients were receiving safe, effective and well led care. We have also found significant concerns about the care being provided to patients through clinical record review.

‘Therefore,’ Hall continued, ‘we are acting in line with our enforcement procedures to prevent the provider from operating medical services and may only provide dental services at this location. We have taken immediate action to prevent the provider from providing regulated services from this location.’

The CQC has told the service it must ensure care and treatment is provided in a safe way to patients and that systems and processes are operated effectively.

The Monteiro Clinic North has been contacted for comment.