Ridgley Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey. GU8 4QP Tel: 01428 683174
Comments, Complaints and Suggestions
Our aim is to provide the highest level of care for all our patients. We will always be willing to hear if there is any way that you think that we can improve the service we provide.
Making a complaint
If you have any complaints or concerns about the service that you have received from the doctors or staff working for this practice, please let us know.
We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If your problem cannot be sorted out in this way and you wish to make a complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible – ideally within a matter of days or at most a few weeks – because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily. If it is not possible to do that, please let us have details of your complaint:
- Within 6 months of the incident that caused the problem; or
- Within 6 months of discovering that you have a problem,
provided that is within 12 months of the incident.
Lyn McLoughlin or Amanda Howell will be pleased to deal with any complaint. They will explain the procedure to you and make sure that your concerns are dealt with promptly. You can make your complaint:
In person – ask to speak to Lyn McLoughlin or in her absence Amanda Howell
In writing – some complaints may be easier to explain in writing - please give as much information as can, then send your complaint to the practice for the attention of Lyn McLoughlin or Amanda Howell.
What we shall do
Our complaints procedure is designed to make sure that we settle any complaints as quickly as possible.
We shall acknowledge your complaint within 3 working days and aim
to have looked into your complaint within 25 working days of the date when you raised it with us. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting with the people involved.
When we look into 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
- make sure you receive an apology, where appropriate
- identify what we can do to make sure the problem doesn’t
At the end of the investigation your complaint will be discussed with you in detail, either in person or in writing.
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 his or her permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.
What you can do next
We hope that, if you have a problem, you will use our practice complaints procedure. We believe that this will give us the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and the opportunity to improve our practice.
However this does not affect your right to approach the following organisations if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us or you are dissatisfied with the way we are dealing with your complaint:
- Complaints about your GP practice should be directed to: NHS England Surrey & Sussex Area Team via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0300 311 2233.
- If you complaint is about services such as hospital care, out of hours services, community services such as district nursing etc contact: Guildford and Waverley CCG via email email@example.com or by telephone on 01483 405450.
If you remain dissatisfied with the responses to your complaint, you have the right to ask the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman which makes final decisions on unresolved complaints. This is an independent body which is free for everyone to use.
You can contact them by visiting www.ombudsman.org.uk/ make-a-complaint, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0345 015 4033.
Help us get it right
We constantly try to improve the service we offer.
Please let us know when you think we have done something well or if you have any suggestions as to how we can do something better
Updated: Feb 16