South Norwood Medical Practice complaints procedure
We aim to provide the best services possible but there may be times when you feel this has not happened. Please note that we have to respect our duty of confidentiality to patients and a patient’s consent will be necessary if a complaint is not made by them in person. If you feel you have grounds for complaint, please discuss these with the member of staff concerned, when it is hoped any problem can be resolved at once. However, should you not wish to speak to the person concerned, please contact our General Manager or Reception Supervisor either directly or in writing. We operate a practice complaints procedure as part of the NHS system for dealing with complaints. A complaints leaflet is available from reception on our procedure.
How to complain
We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly between patient and South Norwood Medical Practice staff at the time they arise.
If your problem cannot be sorted out between the parties concerned at that time, then please make the complaint, ideally in written form, as soon as possible while the incident is fresh in your mind. Please give as much detail as you can. The following information is essential: your name, date, time, person/department involved and details of the incident and if anyone witnessed the incident. Details of your complaint must be:
- within 12 months of the incident that caused the problem; or
- within 12 months of discovering that you have a problem.
Complaints should be addressed to Mrs R Sundaram, Deputy Practice Manager or Mrs T A Chapman, Chief Executive or any of the Doctors. Alternatively, you may ask for an appointment with the Deputy Practice Manager 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.
What we shall do
We shall acknowledge your complaint within three working days and aim to have looked into your complaint within ten working days of the date when you raised it with us. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation in writing, or arrange a meeting with the people involved. Meetings will be chaired by the Deputy Practice Manager or Chief Executive and if you wish, you can bring a family member or friend. After internal investigation of 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;
- identify what we can do to make sure the problem doesn’t happen again.
- improve the working methods /procedures of the practice
- resolve the complaint to the full satisfaction of the patient
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 their permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.
Taking your complaint further
If the problem cannot be resolved using the practice complaints procedure or if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us or you are dissatisfied with the result of our investigation, you can contact:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT
NHS Complaints Advocacy, Voice Ability, Mount Pleasant House, Huntington Road, Cambridge CB3 0RN
You can also contact the CQC (Care Quality Commissioning) www.cqc.org.uk
Tel: 03000 616161
The Ombudsman can be contacted at:
Complaints helpline – 0345 015 4033 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm) Fax: 0300 061 4000
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
London SW1P 4QP
London ICAS can be contacted at:
Merton Citizens Advice Bureaux Limited
7 Crown Parade
Crown Lane, Morden
Surrey SM4 5DA
Tel: 0800 254 0298 Fax: 020 8715 0550