We strive to offer a high quality service but recognize there may be occasional problems. When this happens it is our aim to learn from this and then improve the service we provide.
If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from any of the doctors, or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know.
We operate a practice complaints procedure as part of the NHS system for dealing with complaints
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 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 - because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily.
Complaints should be addressed to:
Mrs Elaine Moles-Hawley, Practice Manager, Len Valley Practice, Groom Way, Lenham, Kent, ME17 2QF.
We shall acknowledge your complaint within three working days and investigate as soon as possible. We will then respond to you promptly in writing.
What we do next
We look to settle complaints as soon as possible.
We will acknowledge receipt within 3 working days, and agree with you the expected timescale and outcome of the investigation. 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.
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
Tel: (0345) 015 4033