If you wish to bring any matter to our attention, we feel that the most effective and speedy resolution to any complaint can be achieved by contacting the practice first and allowing us to deal with your concerns in a positive and effective manor.
Please contact our practice manager, Daphne Kasai, should you wish to make a comment or a complaint.
We will acknowledge this within three days and give you a full response as soon as possible, we value your comments and will always take note of them.
If you are still unsatisfied then you can obtain help from Patient Advisory and Liaison Service (PALS) ON 0800-0851067 or ACAS via the Primary Care Trust. This is a mediation service to try to resolve issues by working with the patient and the practice, they will contact us and ask for our response in relation to your complaint and a process is carried through.
The dental complaints service on 08456 120540
The General Dental Council complaints service on 0845 120540
Our Complaints Policy
In this practice we take complaints seriously. When we receive a complaint, it is dealt with as a matter of importance.
Our aim is to react to complaints in a positive way. We use complaints as a tool to learn which areas could be addressed to avoid the same issue arising in the future.
First point of call is the reception
If the receptionist is not equipped to handle the complaint she will refer the patient to the practice manager
If a patient wishes to make a more official complaint, then the patient is given a copy of our complaints leaflet. This explains that complaints need to be put in writing and addressed to the practice manager.
Once we receive a letter of complaint we set up a file for the patient concerned and all correspondence sent or received will be placed here.
The practice manager will send the patient a letter of acknowledgment within 3 days while we investigate the issues raised. If the complaint is of a clinical nature it will be passed to the clinician involved to respond.
A response is drawn up within 10 days, if for any reason it is going to take longer we will let the patient know.
We have found that most complainants want:
- An acknowledgement
- An explanation
- An apology
- Reassurance that preventative action will be taken to ensure that there is no repetition
If a patient takes their complaint outside of the practice and it related to the services provided by a clinician, then the clinician will need to contact their own personal Indemnity Insurance for an appropriate response.