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Complaints procedure

If you wish to make a complaint, please write to Scott Carruthers, Business Manager, with full details who will investigate the matter.

You will usually receive an acknowledgement within 3 days and, depending on the complexity and availability of the people involved, a response within 2 weeks.

You will be offered a meeting with the management of the practice or a partner should you wish to discuss the matter further.

Complaints are always discussed at Practice Meetings so partners are aware of the problems.

We try to address your concerns, provide you with an explanation and take action where needed.

Making a Complaint

Most problems can be sorted out quickly and easily, often at the time they arise with the person concerned and this may be the approach you try first.

Where you are not able to resolve your complaint in this way and wish to make a formal complaint you should do so, preferably in writing as soon as possible after the event and ideally within a few days, as this helps us to establish what happened more easily. In any event, this should be:

If you are a registered patient you can complain about your own care. You are unable to complain about someone else's treatment without their written authority. See Complaining on behalf of someone else.

We are able to provide you with a separate complaints form to register your complaint and this includes a third-party authority form to enable a complaint to be made by someone else. Please ask at reception for this. You can provide this in your own format providing this covers all the necessary aspects.

Send your written complaint to:

Mr Scott Carruthers
The Castle Practice
Central Street
Ludgershall
Andover
Hampshire
SP11 9RA

What we do next

We look to settle complaints as soon as possible.

We will acknowledge receipt within 3 working days, and aim to have looked into the matter within 10 working days. You may then receive a formal reply in writing, or you may be invited to meet with the person(s) concerned to attempt to resolve the issue. If the matter is likely to take longer than this we will let you know, and keep you informed as the investigation progresses.

When looking into a complaint we attempt to see what happened and why, to see if there is something we can learn from this, and make it possible for you to discuss the issue with those involved if you would like to do so.

When the investigations are complete your complaint will be determined and a final response sent to you.

Where your complaint involves more than one organisation (e.g. social services) we will liaise with that organisation so that you receive one coordinated reply. We may need your consent to do this. Where your complaint has been sent initially to an incorrect organisation, we may seek your consent to forward this to the correct person to deal with.

The final response letter will include details of the result of your complaint and also your right to escalate the matter further if you remain dissatisfied with the response.

Complaining on Behalf of Someone Else

We keep to the strict rules of medical and personal confidentiality. If you wish to make a complaint and are not the patient involved, we will require the written consent of the patient to confirm that they are unhappy with their treatment and that we can deal with someone else about it.

Please ask at reception for the Complaints Form which contains a suitable authority for the patient to sign to enable the complaint to proceed.

Where the patient is incapable of providing consent due to illness or accident it may still be possible to deal with the complaint. Please provide the precise details of the circumstances which prevent this in your covering letter.

Please note that we are unable to discuss any issue relating to someone else without their express permission, which must be in writing, unless the circumstances above apply.

We may still need to correspond direct with the patient, or may be able to deal direct with the third party, and this depends on the wording of the authority provided.

If you are Dissatisfied with the Outcome

You have the right to approach the Ombudsman. The contact details are:

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Millbank Tower
Millbank
London
SW1P 4QP

Tel: 0345 0154033

Website: www.ombudsman.org.uk

You may also approach PALS for help or advice. The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is based at NHS Bath & North East Somerset provide confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns you may have about the care we provide, guiding you through the different services available from the NHS.

PALS Manager
NHS Bath & North East Somerset
St Martins Hospital
Clara Cross Lane
Bath
BA2 5RP

Tel: 0800 389 7671 - 24hr free phone

E-mail: pals@wiltshire.nhs.uk

The Practice Complaints Manager is Mr Scott Carruthers.

Compliments

The Practice always likes to receive any compliments as well! These can be sent, in writing, to our Practice Manager, Mrs Christine Williams.


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