AN ABINGDON care home has received an 'outstanding' rating from health inspectors following a surprise visit.

The Care Quality Commission examined whether Bridge House's services were safe, caring, effective, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

The report, which was based on evidence including interviews with residents and their families, stated there was 'excellent leadership' in place and a structure that 'supported staff at each level'.

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It added: "The registered manager and all staff showed enthusiasm and passion to continually improve people’s outcomes.

“We saw that the service had shown continuous improvement which demonstrated the characteristics of an outstanding service."

The report went on to say there were 'high levels of satisfaction' across all staff and morale was 'extremely high' with staff saying they felt very well supported in their roles.

June Maharaj, manager of Bridge House said: “It is wonderful to receive such a rating from CQC.

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"The inspection process is very thorough and looks at every aspect of care - and across all departments.

"So I am very proud of all my 85-strong team for their consistent hard work, dedication and empathy for our residents and their families."

Dr Charlotte Treacy, from the Abingdon Surgery, which has been working with the home for the past year, said: “Bridge House nursing staff are very responsive to patients needs and liaise effectively with medical staff at the surgery to optimise patient outcomes.

"It is very pleasing to hear that Bridge House has achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating at the recent CQC inspection”.