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Compliments and Concerns

 

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE – PATIENT INFORMATION

 

Let us know your views Here at North Beverley Medical Centre we take great pride in our practices and always look at areas of improvement for our patients. To do this effectively we need to know what you think about the services you receive. Please tell us what we do best, where we don’t meet your expectations plus any ideas and suggestions you may have. By listening to you can we continue to build and improve upon the service we offer.

 Who can make a complaint?

 A complaint can be made by anyone who is affected by an action, omission or decision of the Practice. If you are complaining for someone who cannot complain for themselves, we must consider if you are the right person to act on their behalf. We will normally need their consent for this.

 .Are complaints kept confidential?

 Confidentiality is respected at all times when a complaint has been made.

 If a complaint requires investigation this will involve gathering evidence from appropriate sources such as:

 • Interviewing anyone who has been named in the complaint

• Interviewing any witnesses, or potential witnesses

 • Reviewing medical records

 All evidence gathered relating to your complaint will be managed in line within data protection regulations. You, or the patient concerned, will not be discriminated against if you raise a concern and information is not kept within clinical records. Consent to share information will be required if your complaint also involves another organisation.

 What is the time limit for making a complaint?

  If you are unhappy about something, then it is always best to make your complaint as soon as possible and not more than 12 months after the incident or issue occurred. This time limit may sometimes be extended if there is a genuine reason why you could not make the complaint sooner

 How to make a complaint

 We hope that we can sort out most problems easily and quickly. Often this will be at the time they arise and with the person concerned. Please tell them what is worrying you and they will do their best to resolve your concerns. However, if they can’t or you wish to make a formal complaint, please do so as soon as possible. This will enable the practice to get a clear picture of the circumstances surrounding the complaint

 You can submit your complaint online by visiting the compliments and complaints  page on our website.  From there you can click on the link to the compliments and complaints form to download. If you do not have access to the internet or prefer to write to us instead, you can complete a complaint form (available from reception) or send a letter to your Practice, marked for the attention of the Practice Manager.

 What will happen as a result of my complaint?

 Your complaint will be managed by our management team. We will acknowledge your complaint within 3 working days and aim to have it fully investigated within 12 weeks from the date it was received. If we expect it to take longer we will explain the reason for the delay and tell you when we expect to finish. When we look into your complaint, we will investigate the circumstances. You will receive a written response of the findings of the investigation, along with an apology if this is appropriate. You will also receive an explanation if any lessons have been learned and/or any if changes will take place as a result of the findings of the investigation.

 Complaining to other authorities

 We hope that if you have a problem you will use this complaints procedure. However,if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us you are entitled to send your complaint to NHS England instead.

 You can contact NHS England: By post: NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT By email to: england.contactus@nhs.net By telephone: 0300 311 22 33

 What if I’m not happy with your response to my complaint

 If you are not satisfied with our response, you have the right to take your complaint to the Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman is independent of government and the NHS. The service is confidential and free.

 If you have any questions about whether the Ombudsman will be able to help you, or about how to make a complaint, you can contact their helpline on 0345 015 4033, email phso.enquiries@ombudsman.org.uk. Further information about the Ombudsman is available at www.ombudsman.org.uk. You can also write to the Ombudsman at: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Millbank Tower Millbank London SW1P 4QP

how to make a complaint

 

 Complaints form

 

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