Talk to us
Every patient has the right to make a complaint about the the treatment or care they have received at Vel Surgery
We understand that we may not always get everything right and, by telling us about the problem you have encountered, we will be able to improve our services and patient experience.
Who to talk to
Most complaints can be resolved at a local level. Please speak to a member of staff if you have a complaint; our staff are trained to handle complaints. Alternatively, ask to speak to the Practice Manager.
If for any reason you do not want to speak to a member of our staff, then you can request that NHS England investigates your complaint. They will contact us on your behalf:
PO BOX 16738
Tel: 03003 112233
A complaint can be made verbally or in writing. A complaints form is available from reception. Additionally, you can complain via email using our secure online form.
Time frames for complaints
The time constraint on bringing a complaint is 12 months from the occurrence giving rise to the complaint, or 12 months from the time you become aware of the matter about which you wish to complain.
The complaints manager will respond to all complaints within three business days.
We will aim to investigate and provide you with the findings as soon as we can and will provide regular updates regarding the investigation of your complaint.
Vel Surgery will investigate all complaints effectively and in conjunction with extant legislation and guidance.
Vel Surgery will ensure that all complaints are investigated with the utmost confidentiality and that any documents are held separately from the patient’s healthcare record.
Third party complaints
Vel Surgery allows a third party to make a complaint on behalf of a patient. The patient must provide consent for them to do so. A third-party patient complaint form is available from reception.
Vel Surgery will issue a final formal response to all complainants which will provide full details and the outcome of the complaint. We will liaise with you about the progress of any complaint.
seAP deliver the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service in Kent.
- Address: seAp Hastings, PO Box 375, East Sussex, TN34 HU
- Visit the seAP website
- Help Line No. 0330- 440 9000
Age UK and local Councils can provide advice on local advocacy services
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your complaint from either NHS England or this organisation then you can escalate your complaint to Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) at either:
- Milbank Tower, Milbank, London SW1P 4QP
- Tel: 0345 015 4033
- or visit the ombudsman website
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