We hope that most problems can be resolved quickly and easily, often at the time they arise with the person concerned and this may be the approach you try first.
However, if we are not able to resolve your complaint in this way and you wish to make a formal complaint, you should do so as soon as possible after the event and ideally within a matter of days, as this helps us to establish what happened more easily. In any event, this should be:
- Within 12 months of the incident, or;
- Within 12 months of you discovering that you have a problem.
Please address your complaint in writing to the Practice Manager, detailed below.
If you are a registered patient you can complain about your own care. If you’re complaining on behalf of someone else (other than your own child under 16 years old) we will need to obtain consent from the patient to investigate and release information to you.
Send your written complaint to:
What we do next
We will acknowledge receipt within 7 working days, and aim to have fully investigated the matter and replied to you within 20 days. If we expect it to take longer we will explain the reason for the delay and tell you when we expect to finish.
When looking into a complaint we will investigate the circumstances, make sure you receive an apology if this is appropriate and take steps to ensure that any problem does not arise again.
You may receive a formal reply in writing, or you may be invited to meet with the person(s) concerned to attempt to resolve the issue.
Where your complaint involves more than one organisation (e.g. social services) we will liaise with that organisation so that you receive one coordinated reply. We may need your consent to do this.
You will receive a final letter setting out the results of any investigations and asking you to contact us again if you have any remaining questions regarding your complaint.
Complaining on behalf of someone else
If you are complaining on behalf of someone else (other than your own child aged under 16 years old) we will need to obtain consent from the patient to investigate and release information to you.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome
If you are still unhappy after your complaint has been investigated, you can refer the matter to:
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Tel: 0345 0154033
You may also approach NHS England for help or advice;
Telephone: 0300 311 22 33
Address: NHS England
PO BOX 16738
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Even though CQC cannot look into complaints about your healthcare, you can contact them to let them know if you have concerns about your care or treatment. Their website contains information about how to complain about health and social care services.
Telephone: 03000 616161