THE Care Quality Commission has rated a Tynedale medical practice as ‘good’ despite an issue with vaccinations.

Haydon Bridge and Allendale Medical Practice was given the rating in September.

However, it received a ‘requires improvement’ rating in the safety category.

The health watchdog found issues with the storing of vaccinations, leaving hundreds of patients unsure as to whether their immunisations had been effective, but praised the practice’s response to the issue.

The report read: “At the Allendale surgery, we noticed that there were numerous occasions when the refrigerator temperature had exceeded the recommended maximum temperate.

“However, there was no record of what action the provider had taken in relation to this.

“At the Haydon Bridge surgery, we found that there were a few days when the temperature had not been recorded so were not assured that necessary checks had been undertaken.

“When we highlighted this issue the provider immediately took the appropriate action.”

A CQC spokesman added that it was likely the practice would be inspected again within the next eight months.