Making A Complaint
We hope that most problems can be sorted out quickly and easily, often at the time they arise, with the person concerned.
Where you are not able to resolve your complaint in this way and wish to make a formal complaint you should do so, preferably in writing, via email or letter, as soon as possible after the event and ideally within a few days, but it should be within:
- 6 months of the incident or
- 6 months of discovering that you have a problem provided that is within 12 months of the incident.
If you are a registered patient you can complain about your own care. However if you wish to complain about the care of another person, we would be unable to discuss the matter without the patient’s written consent. See the separate section in this leaflet.
If you are unable to put your complaint in writing then please ask to arrange an appointment with the Practice Manager to discuss the matter further.
What we do next
We aim to settle complaints as quickly as possible.
We will acknowledge receipt within 5 working days, and aim to have looked into the matter within 20 working days of the date you raised the complaint with us. You will then receive a formal reply in writing, or we may invite you to meet with the person(s) concerned to attempt to resolve the issue. If the matter is likely to take longer than this we will let you know, and keep you informed as the investigation progresses.
When looking into a complaint we attempt to find out what happened and what went wrong, We would like to see if there is something we can learn from this, and make changes to procedures if this would improve the patient experience. We would offer an appointment to discuss the issue with those involved, if you would like to do so. We will ensure that you receive an apology, where appropriate.
When the investigations of the complaint is complete, we will send a final response to you.
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.
Where your complaint has been sent initially to an incorrect organisation, we may seek your consent to forward this to the correct person or organisation.
The final response letter will include details of the result of your complaint and also your right to escalate the matter further if you remain dissatisfied with the response.
Complaining on Behalf of Someone Else
We adhere to strict rules of medical and personal confidentiality. If you wish to make a complaint and are not the person involved, we will require the written consent of the patient, for the complaint to proceed.
Where the patient is incapable of providing consent due to illness or accident, it may still be possible to deal with the complaint. Please provide the precise details of the circumstances in your covering letter.
Please note that we are unable to discuss any issue relating to someone else without their express permission, which must be in writing, unless the circumstances above apply.
Help us get it right
We constantly try to improve the service we offer to our patients.
Please let us know when you think we have done something well or if you have any suggestions as to how we can do something better.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome
We hope that, if you have a problem, you will use our practice complaints procedure. We believe that this will give us the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and the opportunity to improve our practice.
You have the right to approach the Health Service Ombudsman. The contact details are:
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Tel: 0345 0154033
You may also approach The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) for help or advice.
Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, ME16 9PH
Phone: 0800 587 6757
Direct line: 01622 723207
PALS provide confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns you may have about care in the NHS.
Updated Sep 2022 For review September 2023
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