Complaints and Suggestions
The Doctors and staff at the Queenswood Practice are committed to providing high
quality healthcare and services to patients. We are always interested in your views
and suggestions. We would like to hear what you have to say whether it is good or
bad - you can contact us using any of the methods below..
We value the opinions of all our patients, therefore we welcome any suggestions you may have. Please feel free to let us know your suggestions by writing into Lynn Moore, the Practice Manager.
We operate a complaints procedure as part of the NHS system for dealing with complaints.
This practice complaints procedure meets the national criteria. Its best to tell
a member of staff as soon as possible after a difficulty arises and then we can
try and sort out those difficulties for you.
In the first instance please contact a Reception Supervisor. They explain the procedure to you, and make sure that your complaint is dealt with promptly. This will then be managed in conjunction with Debbie Harris, the Practice Development Manager.
You need to make a complaint within 12 months of the incident you want to complain
about, or within 12 months of when you discover that a problem has occurred.
What we cannot deal with
- Complaints about private treatment.
- Complaints about Local Authority or Social Services.
- Events requiring investigation by a professional body.
- Events about which you have started legal action.
How we will deal with your complaint
Where you have not spoken directly with the Practice Development Manager, she will contact you as quickly as possible after your first contact, and usually within 3 working days. She will discuss the complaint with you, take the details, inform you of how the process works, and try to make a plan with you to resolve your complaint.
The Development Manager will:
- Find out what happened and what went wrong.
- Invite you to discuss the problem with those involved but only if you would like
- Make sure you are given an apology where it is appropriate.
- Identify what the practice can do to stop the same thing re-occuring.
Complaining on behalf of someone else
All medical records and information is protected by the Data Protection Act 1998.
If you are acting for someone else, we need to be sure that you have the authority
to do so. We will need a letter signed by the patient, or some other proof if they
are not capable of doing this, before we can discuss their details with you, even
if you are a very close relative.
The exception to this is young people and minors under the age of 16 where the parent
or legal guardian is acting for them.
Haringey Clinical Commissioning in conjunction with NHS England can also assist further they advise the following:
If you have a comment, complaint or compliment about a GP, dentist, pharmacy or optician, please contact the practice directly in the first instance. If you are unable to resolve your complaint with the practice, please contact NHS England: email: firstname.lastname@example.org / tel: 0300 311 22 33 or write to: NHS England, PO Box 16728, Redditch, B97 9PT.
Further useful information can be on their website:
please follow this link http://www.haringeyccg.nhs.uk/pals-and-complaints
The Independent Complaints Advocacy Service may be able to provide you with help;
they can help you draft a letter / arrange interpreters etc.
Tel: 0845 120 3784
All complaints are dealt with in absolute confidence.
Complaining will not affect your treatment or rights to treatment at the practice
or anywhere else in the NHS.
Useful names, addresses and telephone numbers
The Practice Manager is Lynn Moore
Telephone 020 3074 2402
The Health Service Ombudsman for England
London SW1P 4QP
Telephone 0845 015 4033
General Advice may be obtained from: