If you have a complaint or concern about the service that you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know. We operate a practice complaints procedure as part of a NHS system. Our complaints system meets national criteria.
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.
If it is not possible to do that, please let us have details of your complaint:
- within 6 months of the incident that caused the problem: or
- within 6 months of discovering that you have a problem, provided this is within 12 months of the incident.
Complaints should be addressed to the Practice Manager, or any of the doctors. Alternatively, you may ask for an appointment with the Practice Manager in order to discuss your concerns. He 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 will do
We shall acknowledge your complaint within seven days. When we look into your complaint, we shall aim to:
- find out what happened and what went wrong.
- make it possible 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 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. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.
Complaining to the Ombudsman
We hope that, if you have a problem, you will use our Practice Complaints Procedure.
We believe this will give us the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and an opportunity to improve our practice. But this does not affect your right to approach the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us or you are dissatisfied with the result of our investigation.
You may contact the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman at:
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Our Contact Details
Mrs C Rickman (Practice Manager)
Cornerways Medical Centre
5 Parkers Close, Gorley Road
Telephone: 01425 472515