Complaints Policy | Billingham Dentist | Queensway Dental

Complaints Policy

Practice complaints procedure

It is our aim to always have satisfied patients, to meet your expectations of care and service and to resolve any complaints as efficiently, effectively and politely as possible. We take complaints very seriously, investigating them in a full and fair way and take great care to protect your confidentiality. We learn from complaints to improve our care and service. We will never discriminate against patients who have made a complaint and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this procedure

If you are not entirely satisfied with any aspect of our care or service, please let us know as soon as possible to allow us to address your concerns promptly. We accept concerns and complaints made verbally as well as written complaints. If you do not feel you can raise a complaint about your NHS service directly with us, you can address your complaint directly to NHS England at england.contactus@nhs.net with ‘For the attention of the complaints team’ in the subject line.

Guy Deeming is the principal Complaints Manager. Our operational complaints managers are Guy Deeming (clinical) and Rebecca Walker (non-clinical). Dependent on the nature of your complaint you will be allocated to one of our operational complaints managers. They will be your personal contact to assist you with any complaints or concerns.

We aim to resolve verbal complaints within 24 hours where possible, If you complain in writing our Complaints Manager will send an acknowledgement letter within 2 working days and will aim to provide a full response in writing within 10 working days.

You can send your complaints to C/O
170 Queensway,
Billingham,
Teesside
TS23 2NT

FAO Complaints manager. Alternatively, you can call us on Phone: 01642352440

or email the FAO Complaints Manager on Email: orthopatientsupport@queensway.co.uk.

If the Complaints Manager is unavailable, we will take brief details about the complaint and will arrange for a telephone call when it is suitable for you and the practice. We will keep comprehensive and confidential records of your complaint, which will be stored securely and only be accessible by those who need to know about your complaint. If the complaint investigation takes longer than anticipated, the Complaints Manager will contact you at least every ten working day to keep you informed of the reason for any delays, the progress of the investigation and the proposed date it will be completed.

When the investigation has been completed, you will be informed of its outcome in writing. We will make our response clear, addressing each of your concerns as best as we can.

We regularly analyse patient complaints to learn from them and to improve our services. That’s why we always welcome your feedback, comments, suggestions and complaints. If you are dissatisfied with our response to a complaint you can take the matter further, please see the contacts below.

If you are dissatisfied with our response to a complaint you can contact the GDC private dental complaints service within 12 months of the treatment or within 12 months of becoming aware of the issue. Please see the contact details below.

Contacts GDC private dental complaints service can be contacted by calling 020 8253 0800 or visiting www.dentalcomplaints.org.uk.

If you are still unhappy about your NHS complaint, you can contact the Parliamentary Health Ombudsman (England): by calling 0345 015 4033 or visiting www.ombudsman.org.uk

You can also contact the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who regulates private and NHS dental care services in England by calling 03000 616161. They can take action against a service provider that is not meeting their standards who may be able to help.

The General Dental Council is responsible for regulating all dental professionals. You can complain using their online form at www.gdc-uk.org contact them on information@gdc-org.uk or by calling 020 7167 6000.