If you have a complaint about the service you have received in this practice, please let us know. The practice operates a Complaints Procedure as part of the NHS system for dealing with complaints. Our complaints system meets national criteria.
Note: If you make a complaint it is practice policy to ensure you are not discriminated against, or subjected to, any negative effect on your care, treatment or support.
HOW TO COMPLAIN
In the first instance please discuss your complaint with the staff member concerned. Where the issue cannot be resolved at this stage, please contact Yvonne Bell (Practice Manager) who will try to resolve the issue and offer you further advice on the complaints procedure.
If you would like to take it further please put your complaint into writing and address it to Yvonne Bell, or if you would prefer to submit your complaint online please click on ‘Contact Us’ and choose the online form at the bottom of the page (remember to leave up to date contact details).
If it is not possible to raise your complaint immediately, please inform us of your complaint within the following timescales:
- Within 6 months of the incident that caused the problem
- Within 6 months of discovering that you have a problem, provided this is within 12 months.
The practice will acknowledge your complaint within three working days and aim to have looked into your complaint within ten working days of the date you raised it with us. At this stage you should be offered an explanation or a meeting with the person(s) involved. When the practice looks into your complaint it aims to:
- Ascertain the full circumstances of the complaint.
- Make arrangements for you to discuss the problem with those concerned, if you would like this.Make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate.
- Identify what the practice can do to make sure the problem does not happen again.
COMPLAINING ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE ELSE
Please note that Dr Stephenson & Partners keeps strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, the practice needs to know that you have their permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be required, unless they are incapable of providing this due to illness or disability.
IF YOU DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE COMPLAINING TO THE PRACTICE DIRECT
You can make a complaint to the commissioner of the services instead, NHS England, who is responsible for purchasing primary care services such as GPs, dentists and pharmacies.
By post to NHS England
PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT
Telephone 0300 311 2233
(Please state: ‘For the attention of the complaints team’ in the subject line).
OR the Clinical Commissioning Group
Text : 07540 668541
Fax: 01782 298228
Freephone: 0800 030 4563
PALS & OMBUDSMAN
PATIENT ADVISORY LIAISON SERVICE (PALS)
You can also complain via PALS.
PALS provide a confidential service designed to help patients get the most from the NHS. PALS can tell you more about the NHS complaints procedure and may be able to help you resolve your complaint informally.
By Post to NHS Staffordshire Commissioning Support Services ,Morston House, The Midway
Newcastle Under Lyme , ST5 1QG
Text : 075 406 68541
Fax: 01782 298228
Freephone: 0800 030 4563 - There is also a 24 hour answer phone service.
IF YOU NEED HELP MAKING YOUR COMPLAINT
You can contact ICAS, the independent complaints advocacy service who provide free, independent advice about the NHS complaints procedure.
Telephone Helpline: 0300 456 2370
IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAY IN WHICH THE NHS HANDLED YOUR COMPLAINT
You can then refer your complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, who investigate complaints about the NHS in England.
Telephone Helpline: 0345 015 4033
or Textphone (Minicom): 0300 061 4298