What to do when you don’t feel entirely happy with the outcome of your care.
In this practice we take complaints very seriously indeed 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 bared 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 customers’ concerns in a caring and sensitive way.
- The person responsible for dealing with any complaint about the service which we provide is Ms Greta Bell (Patient Communications Manager).
- If a patient complains on the telephone or at the reception desk, we will listen to their complaint and offer to refer him or her to Ms Bell immediately. If Ms Bell is not available at the time, then the patient will be told when they will be able to talk to the dentist and arrangements will be made for this to happen. The member off staff will take brief details of the complaint and pass them on. If we cannot arrange this within a reasonable period or the patient does not wish to discuss the matter, arrangements will be made for someone else to deal with it.
- If the patient complains in writing, the letter will be passed on immediately to Mr Niall Hutchinson (Principal Dentist and Clinical Director) and Mrs Miriam Hutchinson (Business Director).
- If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care or associated changes, it will normally be referred to the dentist, unless the patient does not want this to happen.
- We will acknowledge the patient’s complaint in writing and enclose a copy of this code of practice as soon as possible, normally within three working days. We will seek to investigate the complaint within ten working days we will notify the patient, giving reasons for the delay and a likely period within which the investigation will be completed.
- We will confirm the decision about the complaint in writing immediately after completing our investigation.
- Proper and comprehensive records are kept of any complaint received.
If the patients are not satisfied with the result of our procedure, then a complaint may be made to:
- The Dental Complaints Service (08456 120 540) for complaints about private treatment
- The General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1M 8DQ (the dentists’ registration body)