If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know. We operate a practice complaints procedure as part of an NHS system for dealing with complaints. Our complaints system meets national criteria.
How to complain
We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If this is not possible and you wish to make a complaint please inform us as soon as possible – ideally within a matter of days or, at most, a few weeks. This will enable us to establish what happened more easily. If this is not possible 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 this is within 12 months of the incident.)
Complaints should be addressed to Lynn Kirman, Operational Manager at The Roxton Practice, Pilgrim Primary Care Centre, Pelham Road, Immingham, DN40 1JW (Tel: 01469 572058). She will explain the complaints procedure to you and will ensure that your concerns are dealt with promptly. It will be a great help if you are as specific as possible about your complaint.
What shall we do?
We shall acknowledge your complaint within three working days and aim to have investigated your complaint within twenty five working days. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting with the people involved. On investigation we shall aim to:
- Establish what happened and what went wrong;
- Make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned;
- Make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate;
- Identify what we can do to avoid the problem recurring.
- 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 their permission to do so. Written consent from the patient will be required (unless there is incapacity through illness).
If you do not feel able to complain to the Practice, you can instead complain to NHS England:
PO Box 16738
0300 311 22 33
This line is open Monday to Friday 08:00 to 18:00 (excluding Bank Holidays)
Raising Concerns with the Care Quality Commission
The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care services in England. They may be contacted on 03000 616161 (www.cqc.org.uk).
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
If you are still unhappy with the way that your complaint has been dealt with you can contact the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman on 0345 015 4033.