An Accrington dental practice has been praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an inspection.

CQC inspectors visited Abbey Street Dental Practice in May after a previous inspection in November 2023 found it was not providing well-led care.

The follow-up assessment found the practice was meeting regulations in all areas – whether it was safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led.

A CQC report published this week said: “We had previously undertaken a comprehensive inspection under our previous methodology of Abbey Street Dental Practice on November 13, 2023, under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008, as part of our regulatory functions.

“We found the registered provider was not providing well-led care and was in breach of regulation 17 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

“We undertook a follow-up assessment on May 22, 2024. This assessment was carried out to review the actions taken by the registered provider to improve the quality of care and to confirm the practice was not meeting legal requirements.

“We found the practice had met regulations. The practice had systems to manage risks. Infection control procedures followed published guidance.

"Patients’ care and treatment was provided in line with current guidance. There was effective leadership and a culture of continuous improvement.”

Abbey Street Dental Practice provides NHS and private dental care and treatment for adults and children.

At the time of the assessment, the team included two dentists and an implant dentist who attended when required, four dental nurses, one dental therapist, one practice manager, and a receptionist.