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Complaints & comments

Complaints Procedure


We welcome constructive feedback - good and bad

If you have a comment, or a complaint, or are pleased about the service you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know. We discuss feedback regularly and try to learn from your experiences.

Complaints Procedure

We always try to give you the best service possible, but there may be times when you feel that this has not happened. This leaflet explains what to do if you have a complaint about the services we provide for you. If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know. Our practice complaints procedure is part of a NHS system for dealing with complaints and meets national criteria.

We cannot deal with questions of legal liability or compensation through our complaints procedure. We hope you will use it to allow us to look into, and if necessary, put right any problems you have identified or mistakes that have been made.

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 most a few weeks - because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily.

Complaints should be addressed to our Practice Manager. Alternatively you may ask for an appointment with her in order to discuss your concerns. She will explain the complaints procedure to you and will make sure that your concerns are dealt with promptly. It will be a great help if you are as specific as possible about your complaint.

What we shall do

We shall acknowledge your complaint within two working days, and aim to have looked into your complaint within ten working days of the date when we received it. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting with the people involved. If for any reason we need to take a little longer, we will keep you informed. When we look into your complaint, we shall aim to:

  1. Find out what happened and what went wrong
  2. Make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned, if you would like this
  3. Make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate
  4. Identify what we can do to make sure the problem doesn't 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 his or her permission to do so before we can discuss his or her care. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.

Alternative method of complaint

You can take your complaint to NHS England, the body which commissions GP services. NHS England will then manage your complaint for you. They can be contacted at:

Phone: 0300 311 22 33 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, excluding English Bank Holidays)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Please state: ‘For the attention of the complaints team’ in the subject line)

Sources of help and advice

Independent Complaints Advocacy Service
Kingfisher Exchange
3rd floor
Kingfisher House
Walton Street
HP21 7AY
Telephone: 01296 468170

If you remain unhappy you can complain to the Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman is completely independent of both the NHS and Government and can be contacted at:

The Health Service Ombudsman
Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP

Telephone: 0345 015 4033
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.ombudsman.org.uk

Further information

Zero Tolerance Statement

Our staff come to work to care for others, and it is important for all members of the public and our staff to be treated with respect.
We aim to treat our patients courteously at all times and expect our patients to treat our staff in a similary way.

We take seriously any threatening, abusive or violent behaviour againist any of our staff or patients. if a patient is violent or abusive, they will be asked to stop. if they persist, we may exercise our rights to take action to have them removed, immediately if necessary from our pratice list.

The practice considers thratening behaviour to be:

Attempted or actual aggressive threatening physical actions made towards any member of staff.
The use of aggressive, threatening or abusive language, (including raising of the voice, swearing and cursing, shouting) which threatens or intimidates staff.
In line with the rest of the NHS, and to ensure this is fully observed we have a Zero Tolerance policy in place, whereby any aggressive or violent behaviour towards our staff will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Anyone giving verbal abuse to members of the staff will be sent a letter from the Practice stating that this behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in the removal from the Practice patient list. There will be no appeal process.

We hope that you will understand and welcome this policy which is in place for the best interest of our hard working staff as well as our patients.

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