Staglane Location: 82 Stag Lane, Edgware, HA8 5LP
Telephone: 0300 033 7863
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Sheldon Location: 19 Chichele Road, London, NW2 3AH | Telephone: 0300 033 7864
HOW TO COMPLAIN
We hope that we can sort most problems out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If you wish to make a formal complaint, please do so AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – ideally within a matter of a few days. This will enable us to establish what happened more easily (not the patients problem if its easier, get rid I think). If doing that is not possible your complaint should be submitted within 12 months of the incident that caused the problem; or within 12 months of discovering that you have a problem. You should address your complaint in writing to the Practice Manager (you can use the attached form or you can write in). He/she will make sure that we deal with your concerns promptly and in the correct way. You should be as specific and concise as possible.
COMPLAINING ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE ELSE
We keep strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality (a separate leaflet giving more detail on confidentiality is available on request). If you are not the patient, but are complaining on their behalf, you must have their permission to do so. An authority signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness or infirmity) of providing this. A Third Party Consent Form is provided below.
WHAT WE WILL DO
We will acknowledge your complaint within 10 working days and aim to have fully investigated within the next 3 months after the acknowledgement letter. However, the practice also faces challenges due to Covid, practice response may get slightly delayed. 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; make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned; make sure you receive an apology if this is appropriate, (get rid) and take steps to make sure any problem does not arise again.
You will receive a final letter setting out the result of any practice investigations.
Other Useful information
CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (CCG)
Primary Care Complaints:
NHS England is now receiving all queries and complaints in relation to primary care but suggests that the first point of contact should be in-house ie the practice manager. Only if the patient remains dissatisfied with that process should they then make a formal complaint to NHS England, which are accepted via email or letter – details are on their website.
TAKING IT FURTHER
If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome you may refer the matter to NHS England:
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
(Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm, excluding English Bank Holidays)
By post: NHS England PO Box 16738 Redditch B97 9PT