We aim to provide you with the very best possible service at all times. However, if you have a complaint or concern about the service that you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know. We operate a practice complaints procedure as part of a NHS system for dealing with complaints. This process is known as the local resolution stage of the NHS procedure.
We hope that most problems can be resolved quickly and easily at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If your problem cannot be sorted out in this way and you wish to make a formal complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible — ideally, within a matter of days or at most a few weeks — because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily. If it is not possible to do that, please let us have details of your complaint:
- within six months of the incident that caused the problem; or
- within six months of discovering that you have a problem, provided this is within 12 months of the incident.
Complaints should be addressed to the practice manager either in writing or by completing a complaints form, which is available to download at the bottom of this page or from reception. It will be a great help if you are as specific as possible about your complaint.
What will the practice do We will then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting with the people involved. When we look into your complaint, we will aim to:
- find out what happened and what went wrong
- make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned, if you would like this
- make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate
- identify what we can do to make sure the problem doesn’t happen again
Complaining on behalf of someone else
Please note that we adhere strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we have to know that you have his or her permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.
If you’re unhappy with our findings Other complaints related organisations NHS Complaints Advocacy Service POhWER provide a free, independent and confidential advocacy service to support people who need help with filling in forms and writing letters for their NHS complaint.
Telephone: 0300 456 2370 Lincolnshire: 0300 200 0084
You have the right to approach the Ombudsman. The contact details are: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Millbank Tower Millbank London SW1P 4QP Tel: 0345 0154 033 website:www.ombudsman.org.uk
The Healthcare Commission
We hope that, if you have a problem, you will use our practice complaints procedure. We believe this will give us the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and an opportunity to improve our practice. But this does not affect your right to request an independent review from the Healthcare Commission. If you wish to do this the Healthcare Commission can be contacted at:
Healthcare Commission FREEPOST NAT 18958 Complaints Investigation Team MANCHESTER M1 9X Telephone: 0845 601 3012 Fax: 020 7448 9180 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org