A Plymouth GP surgery has closed suddenly after an inspection found 'serious concerns'.

Barton Surgery in Plymstock was visited last week by the Care Quality Commission, and the closure was announced this morning with the CQC saying it has taken 'urgent enforcement action'.

ITV West Country News understand the concerns are around fire regulations, length of patient consultations and storage of medication.

As a result of serious concerns found by inspectors, the Care Quality Commission has taken urgent enforcement action to protect patients who use Barton Surgery, Horn Lane, Plymstock. CQC inspectors visited the services on October 24 after concerns were raised about the standards of care provided posed to patients. As the provider has the right to appeal the action that we have taken, it would be inappropriate for CQC to comment further. In the meantime CQC will continue to work closely with NHS England, Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and other local stakeholders."

Care Quality Commission spokesman

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Barton Surgery is now closed until Monday 25 November 2019. If you have a life-threatening situation, please dial 999. If you need urgent medical help or advice and aren’t sure where to go, dial 111. The closure follows an inspection by the independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for commissioning GP services in Devon and is working closely with the practice and local providers to ensure that all patients registered with Barton Surgery continue to access local GP and health services during this period. If you are waiting for a hospital referral, please call 01626 883 888. For medications, prescriptions or help with minor illnesses, visit a local pharmacy. For minor injuries, such as sprains, strains or minor burns, visit the Cumberland Centre at Devonport. More information for patients will follow in due course. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Barton Surgery statement

The largest of the practices to had back its contract was Ocean Health, which ran a surgery at Sterling Road and two others at Chard Road and Collings Park.

They covered 22,000 patients in Plymouth. All of these patients and some 12,000 more are currently being looked after on a temporary basis - and as yet NHS England has not been able to secure anyone to permanently take them on.

Other doctors practices that closed transferred their patients on to other surgeries.

The Devon Clinical Commissioning Group says patients are being given advice about where they can go for treatment. Credit: PA

The CQC reported that as a result of serious concerns found by inspectors at the practice, they have taken urgent enforcement action to protect patients who use it. They have also put in place a temporary suspension at Barton Surgery from Monday 28 October 2019 until 25 November 2019. As a CCG, our priority is to ensure all patients registered with Barton Surgery in Plymstock have ongoing access to local GP services. We are working closely with the practice and have issued advice and guidance to all registered patients so that they can continue to have access to any medical care they need. Patients will receive a letter on Thursday 31 October, with details about where they can go for advice and treatment.

Mark Procter, director of primary care at NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group