We want our service to meet your expectations. If you have a concern or complaint about any aspect of our service, we want to know what mistakes we made and identify how we can improve to ensure that we meet your expectations in future. Our aim is to learn from any feedback we receive and improve the service we provide to our patients.
We will deal with complaints courteously and promptly and aim to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.
If you wish to make a complaint or simply let us know how we could have done better, please contact Katie Swan our Complaints’ Manager:
By telephone 01472 343186
By email at email@example.com
By letter to complaints manager Katie Swan, 410 Hainton Ave, Grimsby, DN32 9QR.
The Complaints’ Manager usually works at the practice Monday to Friday and will endeavour to be available during these times. You may find it more convenient to make an appointment with Complaints’ Manager to ensure that she can dedicate sufficient time to meet with you.
If you contact the practice to make a complaint and the Complaints’ Manager is not available, we will arrange a convenient time for them to contact you. We will ask you for brief details of your complaint so that the Complaints’ Manager can gather any useful information before contacting you. You will be given a copy of the notes made for the Complaints’ Manager.
If the matter requires a more immediate response, we will arrange for a senior member of the dental team to deal with it.
If your complaint is about your dental treatment or the fee charged, we will usually ask the dentist concerned to contact you, unless you do not want this.
We acknowledge all complaints in writing and enclose a copy of this code of practice as soon as possible, normally within 3 working days.
We will offer to discuss the complaint with you and will ask how you would like to be kept informed of developments – by telephone, letters or e-mail or by face-to-face meetings. We will let you know how we will deal with your complaint and the likely time that the investigation will take to complete. If you do not wish to discuss the complaint further, we will still let you know the expected timescale for completing the investigation.
We will investigate your complaint within 6 months, as far as reasonably practicable, will let you know how our investigation is progressing.
When we have completed our investigation, we will provide you with a full written report, unless you have told us that you do not wish for further communication. The report will explain how we considered the complaint, the conclusions we reached for each part of your complaint, details of any remedial action we have taken and whether further action is needed.
We keep proper and comprehensive records of any complaints that we receive and the action we have taken following investigation. We review these records regularly to ensure that we recognise our mistakes and take every opportunity to improve our service.
If your complaint was about your dental treatment and you are not satisfied with the result of our investigation, you can take up the matter with a relevant external organisation.
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank London SW1P 4QP (0345 015 4033 or www.ombudsman.org.uk).
Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, 1 Ffordd yr Hen Gae, Pencoed CF35 5LJ
(0300 790 0203 or www.ombudsman-wales.org.uk)
Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, Freepost NIPSO, Belfast BT1 6HN
(0800 343424 or online at www.nipso.org.uk).
Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Freepost SPSO, 4 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7NS
Freephone: 0800 377 7330 or online at www.spso.org.uk/contact-us
Dental Complaints Service, Stephenson House, 2 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon CR0 6BA
(020 8253 0800).
Date: November 2018
Review date: November 2019
finance options available on all treatments
Finance options are available on all treatments.