Our aim is to provide quality dental care for you and your family. If there is something you are unhappy with please contact us in the first instance and we will do our very best to address it for you.
Our Complaints handling policy (NHS treatment)
Hopkins & Poyner Dental Practice
Code of practice for patient complaints
In this practice we take complaints very seriously and try to ensure that all our patients are pleased with their experience of our service. When patients complain, they are dealt with courteously and promptly so that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible. This procedure is based on these objectives.
Our aim is to react to complaints in the way in which we would want our complaint about a service to be handled. We learn from every mistake that we make and we respond to patients’ concerns in a caring and sensitive way.
1. The person responsible for dealing with any complaint about the service that we provide is Dr Vicky Poyner, the practice Complaints Manager.
2. If a patient complains by telephone or in person, we will listen to their complaint and offer to refer him or her to the Complaints Manager. If the Complaints Manager is not available at the time, then the patient will be told when they will be able to talk to the Complaints Manager and arrangements will be made for this to happen. If we cannot arrange this within a reasonable period or if the patient does not wish to wait to discuss the matter, arrangements will be made for someone else to deal with it. If the Complaints Manager is away, the dental surgeon with delegated authority for the practice at that time will act as the Complaints Manager for the patient.
3. If the patient complains in writing or by e-mail it will be passed on immediately to the Complaints Manager.
4. If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care or associated charges it will normally be referred to the dentist concerned, unless the patient does not want this to happen.
5. We will acknowledge the patients complaint in writing and enclose a copy of this code of practice as soon as possible, normally within three working days. We will offer to discuss the complaint at a time agreed with the patient, asking how the patient would like to be kept informed of developments, for example, by telephone, face to face meetings, letters or e-mail. We will inform the patient about how the complaint will be handled and the likely time that the investigation will take to be completed. If the patient does not wish to discuss the complaint, we will still inform them of the expected timescale for completing the process.
6. We will seek to investigate the complaint speedily and efficiently and we will keep the patient regularly informed, as far as is reasonably practicable, as to the progress of the investigation. Investigations will normally be completed within six months.
7. Proper and comprehensive records are kept of any complaint received as well as any actions taken to improve services as a consequence of a complaint.
8. Alternatively if the patient feels unable to complain to the practice, the complaint can be made to NHS England as the commissioner of the service. Complaints are received centrally at the call centre and they are forwarded to NYH CSU Patient Relations team. Patient Relations will then contact the practice, share the complaint and discuss the timescale for investigation and response and ask for a response in a format to share with complainant. They will also seek clinical advice as necessary. The response is signed off by the Area Team and sent to the complainant.
Patients have the choice of making an in house complaint and, if unresolved, this should then be directed on to the Ombudsman. If the practice receives a complaint directly we will investigate and respond to the complaint and if unresolved signpost the patient to the Ombudsman. It cannot be looked at by NHS England (see above) if it has been through a Practice’s in house complaints procedure but must go to the Ombudsman. Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank London SW1P 4QP (tel: 0345 015 4033 or www.ombudsman.org.uk for complaints about NHS treatment).
Dental Complaints Service, Stephenson House, 2 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon CR0 6BA (Telephone: 08456 120 540) for complaints about private treatment
The Care Quality Commission, National Customer Service Centre Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA
The General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1M 8DQ the dentists’ registration body.