Suggestions & Feedback
Want to make a suggestion to the practice?
Compliments & Suggestions
Your compliments and suggestions are important to us, please click on the 'Suggestions Form' link, complete the form to send them to us.
Please note : only use this form for compliments about the practice and suggestions as to how we can improve our service to you.
Medical matters and official complaints cannot be dealt with via this form. If you have a query regarding a medical matter please telephone reception to make an appointment to see the appropriate person.
Want to make a complaint?
We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.
However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint.
If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from the doctors or any member of the staff working at this practice, please let us know. We operate a practice complaints procedure as part of a NHS system for dealing with complaints. Our complaints system meets national criteria.
How to complain
We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often 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 complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible ideally within a matter of days or at the most a few weeks. 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 6 months of the incident that caused the problem; or
- Within 6 months of discovering that you have a problem, provided this is within 12 months of the incident.
Complaints can be submitted via the attached form or by writing to the Practice Manager. It would be of great help if you could be as specific as possible with regards to the description of your complaint.
What we shall do
We shall provide you with an initial acknowledgement to your complaint and then aim to have looked into your complaint within 30 working days of the date when you raised it with us. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation. When we look into your complaint, we shall aim to:
- Find out what happened and what went wrong
- Make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate
- Identify what we can do to make sure the problem does not happen again
Complaining on behalf of someone else
Please note that we keep strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we have to know that you have their permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.
Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS)
If you require any independent support, you can contact the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) on 0300 456 2370. Further information can be found at www.power.net
Complaining to NHS England
In the event of anyone not wishing to complain to the practice they should be directed to make their complaint to NHSE at:
By telephone: 03003 11 22 33
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT
In those cases, where the complaint is made to NHS England, the practice will comply with all appropriate requests for information and co-operate fully in assisting them to investigate and respond to the complaint.
Complaining to the Health Ombudsman
We hope that if you have a problem then you will use our surgery Complaint Procedure. We believe that 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 approach the Health Ombudsman if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us or you are dissatisfied with the result of our investigation. You may like to contact the Ombudsman
To take your complaint to the Ombudsman visit: www.ombudsman.org.uk/make-a-complaint
or call 0345 015 4033.
Contact can also be made with the Ombudsman by Email: email@example.com or by Fax: 0300 061 4000
If you would prefer to write, the address is:
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
London SW1P 4QP