At the Lawson Practice we take complaints very seriously. We try to ensure that all our patients are satisfied with their experience. When patients complain, they are dealt with courteously and promptly so that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible. This procedure is based on those objectives.
Our aim is to react to complaints in the way in which we would want our complaints about a service to be handled. We learn from every mistake that we make and we would want to respond to customer’s concerns in a caring and sensitive way.
- All written complaints must be addressed to the complaints manager. Complaint form
- If a patient complains on the telephone or at the reception desk, we will offer to refer him or her to the complaints manager. If the manager is not available at the time, then the patient will be told when they will be able to talk to her and arrangements will be made for this to happen.
- The complaints manager will speak with the complainant in private, either in person or on the phone and will log the complaint made, every effort will be made to resolve the issue at that time. If the complaint cannot be resolved the complaints manager will ask the complainant to make a written complaint.
- If a written complaint is submitted it will be passed immediately to the complaints manager who will investigate the complaint with the responsible partner and discuss it with those cited in the letter.
- If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care or the complaints manager, it will normally be referred to the responsible partner for response.
- We will acknowledge the patient’s complaint and the patient will be advised of the complaints procedure this should happen within three working days. We will seek to investigate the complaint and respond fully within 20 working days of receipt of the complaint. If for any reason we are unable to investigate and respond in that time frame we will notify the patient and give an explanation of the delay and inform them of when they can expect a complete response.
- Comprehensive records will be kept for any complaint received.
- We will ensure that the correspondence relating to the complaint will be kept separate from the patients’ medical record.
Complaining to NHS England
If you are not comfortable complaining directly to us or you feel this is not appropriate, complaining to the commissioner may be the right option for you. Please note: if you have already complained to us, the commissioner will not be able to re-investigate the same concerns. If you are unhappy with the outcome of your initial complaint with us or the commissioner, you may wish to go to the next stage of the NHS complaints procedure.
Please visit this site for information on to complain to the commissioner (NHS England).
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your initial complaint with us or the commissioner, you may wish to go to the next stage of the NHS complaints procedure.
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman make final decisions on complaints that have not been resolved by the NHS in England and UK government departments and other public organisations. Their service is free.
Hackney’s Health & Social Care Complaints Charter
The Lawson Practice has signed up to Hackney's Health & Social Care Complaints Charter. By signing this Complaints Charter we have agreed to:
- Make health care better for everyone
- Value your comments, suggestions and complaints
- Ensure complaints are appropriately and quickly investigated and the outcome considered when developing long-term service improvements
- Treat you with courtesy, respect and sensitivity at all times