Because we want to ensure that all our patients are pleased with their experience of our service, we take complaints very seriously. If a patient makes a complaint, we will deal with the matter courteously and promptly so that it is resolved as quickly as possible. Our procedure is based on these objectives.
This Practice has an effective complaints system in place to ensure that identifying, receiving, recording, handling and responding to any comments, observations or complaints occurs within a strict timetable which is clearly documented. The complaints system is clearly displayed and all patients and visitors are confident that they will be listened to and responded to without fear of discrimination.
Any complainant can be assured that they will be treated in a manner respecting their human rights and diversity; in a sensitive manner and that the complaint can be made by a variety of methods either verbally, by sign language or in writing.
Where they lack confidence or require help they will be supported by helpful staff members. Their complaint will be fully documented and fairly dealt with and following investigation, lessons learned can lead to changes being made to avoid future complaints.
These clear complaint procedures are monitored and reviewed and the named contact who is accountable for doing this is Miss Daniella Clark
If a patient complains on the telephone or at the reception desk, we will listen to their complaint and offer to refer him/her to Miss Daniella Clark immediately.
If this named person 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 of staff will take brief details of the complaint and pass them on. If we cannot arrange this within a reasonable period or if the patient does not wish to wait to discuss the matter, arrangements will be made for someone else to deal with it.
If a patient is not satisfied with the result of our procedure then a complaint may be made to:
For complaints about private treatment:
The Dental Complaints Service
2 Cherry Orchard Road
Croydon CR0 6BA
The Care Quality Commission at:
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE14PA
Please note that we keep strictly to the rules of confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we need to know that you have permission to do so. A note signed by the concerned person will be needed, unless they are incapable of providing this due to physical or mental illness or are a child under 16 years old.