Comments and Complaints
If you would like to make a comment or complaint about a service or treatment you, or a member of your family, have received please let us know as soon as possible. A complaint must be made within 12 months from the date on which the matter occurred , or from when the complainant first knew about the matter. However if there is a good reason for the delay then this may still be investigated.
Our reception staff will be able to provide you with a summary of our complaints procedure if you wish.
How do I make an informal complaint?
Please speak to the Practice Manager or the Assistant Practice Manager. This gives you the opportunity to sort out any problems immediately without going through a formal process.
If you do not feel able to make your complaint directly to them, you may contact the Barnsley Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS) based at Barnsley Hospital (www.pals.nhs.uk). The Officers there will be able to help and advise you.
How do I make a formal complaint?
If you wish to make a formal complaint, please write to the Practice Manager and include the following details:
- Your full name and address
- The name of the person the complaint is about so that records can be found
- The name and work address of the person or service you wish to complain about
- The date the ‘incident’ you wish to complain about happened
- Details of what you are complaining about
If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, you must have the person’s consent.
What will happen next?
The Practice will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within 3 working days. As per the NHS Complaints Procedure there is now no set timescales in which the practice must respond to a complaint. However if a response is not provided within six months from the date of the complaint, or a later date agreed with the complainant, the Practice Manager will write to the complainant to explain the delay.
If you are unhappy about our response, we can arrange a meeting between yourself, and the relevant staff and a mediator to talk through your concerns.
Occasionally a complaint may still not be resolved at this stage. If so, you can contact the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (www.ombudsman.org.uk ).
You can also register your complaint with NHS England’s Customer Contact Centre. The contact details are:
By Post: NHS England, PO Box 16738, redditch, B97 9PT
By Email: email@example.com
By Telephone: 0300 311 22 33 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, excluding English bank Holidays)
Comments and Suggestions
We welcome constructive feedback about our services so that we can continually improve patients’ experience. If you, or a member of your family, have a suggestion or comment to make, please address these to the Practice Manager.