ISLAND MEDICAL CENTRE
Compliments, Comments and Complaints
Our aim is to put you, the patient, first and provide you with the best possible service. To make this aim a reality it is important that you have the opportunity to tell us what you think about the service we provide. Our Compliments, Comments and Complaints Procedure is one way you can do this. You can tell us when we get things wrong, so we can put them right as soon as possible for you, and if relevant, our other patients. You can also tell us when we get things right, make comments about the things we do or how we do them or perhaps suggest new ways for us to do things.
Our Practice is committed to delivering a quality service at all times. However, we do accept that occasionally things can and do go wrong. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the service you have received from us, we would like to hear from you. Equally, if you are pleased with the services you have received, or have a suggestion on how we might improve, please let us know.
We need to know the exact nature of your complaint. To help us investigate, respond and remedy your complaint, please provide as much information as possible about what has happened, the individual or department involved and why you felt the service we offered did not meet your expectations.
How to lodge a complaint
You can make your complaint in the method most convenient to you, however our preference is to receive the detail of your complaint in writing rather than by telephone, therefore ensuring that all the facts of your complaint are recorded correctly. You can write or email to the Practice Manager at:
Mr Chris Sprent
Island Medical Centre
14 Gloucester Street
We will acknowledge your complaint within 3 days of receipt.
It is our intention that complaints will be responded to in writing within 10 working days. If a full response cannot be given within 10 working days (e.g. when a matter is very complex or where we will have to consult with a third party) you will be kept informed of the progress that is being made and when you will likely receive our formal response.
The Practice Manager accepts full responsibility for effective complaints handling. In all cases we will treat your correspondence in strict confidence, with fairness and objectivity.
What to do if you are still unhappy
If you feel your complaint has not been satisfactorily dealt with you have the option to put your concerns directly, in writing, to one of the Managing Partners of the Practice at the address above. They will investigate your escalated complaint and will reply to you within 10 working days of receipt of your dispute.
If you wish to make a formal complaint regarding a GP
If your complaint is regarding a GP of the Practice and, having followed our complaint procedure above, you are still unsatisfied with the response you have received, you may take the matter up further with the Primary Care Governance Team. Further information on how contact the PCGT will be provided on request.
We endeavour to provide the best possible service. In the event you wish to make a complaint then please contact us or fill in the form below.