The Health CentreAsh MeadowMuch HadhamHerts, SG10 6DETel: 01279 842 242
The practice complies with Data Protection and Access to Medical Records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.
Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
The ICO has published a new Model Publication Scheme that all public authorities are required to adopt.
Model Publication Scheme - further information
We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.
However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.
To pursue a complaint please contact the practice manager Andrew Wilkinson and he will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available on the complaints procedure from reception.
We are continually striving to improve our service. Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated and a suggestion box is located in the waiting area.
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman website contains detailed information on raising a complaint about any aspect of the NHS in England. There is also a leaflet explaining the procedure of bringing a complaint to the ombudsman.
We have a Zero Tolerance Policy to abuse and violence. Patients may be asked to leave the Practice if not adhered to.
Our aim is to provide the highest level of care for all our patients. We will always be willing to hear if there is any way that you think that we can improve the service we provide.
Making a complaint
If you have any complaints or concerns about the service that you have received from the doctors or staff working for this practice, please let us know.
We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If your problem cannot be sorted out in this way and you wish to make a complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible – ideally within a matter of days or at most a few weeks – because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily. If it is not possible to do that, please let us have details of your complaint:
Andrew Wilkinson the Practice Manager will be pleased to deal with any complaint. He will explain the procedure to you and make sure that your concerns are dealt with promptly. You can make your complaint:
In person – ask to speak to Andrew Wilkinson the Practice Manager
In writing – some complaints may be easier to explain in writing - please give as much information as you can, then send your complaint to the practice for the attention of Andrew Wilkinson the Practice Manager as soon as possible.
Our complaints procedure is designed to make sure that we settle any complaints as quickly as possible.
We shall acknowledge your complaint within 3 working days and aim to have looked into any complaint within 10 working days of the date when you raised it with us.
We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting with the people involved.
When we look into your complaint, we shall aim to:
· find out what happened and what went wrong
· make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned, if you would like this
· make sure you receive an apology, where appropriate
· identify what we can do to make sure the problem doesn’t happen again.
At the end of the investigation your complaint will be discussed with you in detail, either in person or in writing.
Complaining on behalf of someone else
Please note that we keep strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we have to know that you have his or her permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.
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