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Practice update 

Surgery Closure


The surgery will be closed on Wednesday 19th June from 13:00 for essential staff training.

Our phone lines will be open as normal the following day (Thursday 20/06/2019) from 08:00 with the surgery opening at 08:20.

If you require medical attention at any time when the surgery is closed see below:-

Resources such as NHS Direct or Choose Well provide information including a symptom checker tool and advice on how best to treat your symptoms:

NHS Direct:   0845 46 47 or 

Choose Well               

Community Pharmacies are all able to provide confidential advice and in many cases medication for common ailments (A number of these are free under the Choose Pharmacy Scheme). A list of pharmacies and opening times can be found on the Cardiff and Vale Health Board Website at -


The GP Out Of Hours Service operates whilst surgeries are closed. This is for urgent care needs, which cannot safely wait until GP practices re-open. The service can be contacted on 01446 729562.

Accident and Emergency Departments and 999 ambulance services are for immediate life threatening conditions only.

Water Leak

Following the major water leak at West Quay Medical Centre, we are currently unable to open our automated doors at the rear entrance of the surgery.

Please use the main entrance when attending.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

NHS Awards 2018

 West Quay Medical Centre wins an NHS Wales Award!


West Quay Medical Centre is celebrating today (Friday 21 September 2018) after winning an NHS Wales Award at the eleventh anniversary of the awards.

A project on “Improving patient access to GP appointments using the principles of prudent healthcare” won the Improving quality using IQT methodology award, supported by the Wales Deanery.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, who attended the ceremony, said, “The NHS Wales Awards are a national showcase for excellence and celebrate best practice in improving patient care across Wales. It’s a great opportunity to learn from each other and recognise the inspiring innovation of our NHS staff. 

“Every finalist should be proud to be shortlisted for an award. I am humbled to see such passion and dedication to improving services provided across Wales. This is even more important and of even greater value with the increasing challenges that we face across our health and social care system”. 

The NHS Wales Awards are organised by 1000 Lives Improvement, the national improvement service for NHS Wales delivered by Public Health WalesThe Awards were launched in 2008 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS and recognise and promote good practice across Wales.

Entries were received from a range of organisations, revealing a high standard of innovative and diverse work that is transforming patient care across Wales.

To read more about all of the winners visit

Summary of West Quay Medical Centre's Project

Colleagues at West Quay Medical Centre asked their patients what they felt about access to GP appointments, using a “Survey Monkey” questionnaire: 52% reported difficulty making any appointment, and 35% reported difficulty seeing the same GP (continuity of care). However, once patients had accessed a GP, 89% rated the service as either excellent or very good/good.

Following the feedback, the team at West Quay sought for an understanding of how much GP time was used per day on medication-related tasks, and examined models for a safer and more efficient repeat prescribing process.

Baseline data was collected and sequential Plan, Do, Study, Action (PDSA) cycles were planned as small tests of change to the way that the GPs work. A number of changes were implemented as a result of the PDSA cycles, which culminated in the employment of a full-time Pharmacist as part of the Primary Healthcare Team. Alongside the new post, a new repeat prescribing process was implemented to optimise use of the practice Pharmacist’s time and skills.

The new addition to the team - a Pharmacist focusing on medication reviews and prescription administration - has had a great impact on the practice, releasing 109 mins/day (or 11 extra GP appointments/day) and facilitating GP triage of all appointment requests, enabling more prudent use of the wider healthcare team. GP time released allows longer appointments for patients with complex co-morbidity.

Similarly, the impact on patients has also been substantial: improved access to GP appointments, new access to Pharmacist, better continuity of care, and improved process for medication reviews - patients have only those tests and monitoring appointments they need, and no more.

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