Can I get help and support with making my complaint?
Yes. An organisation called NHS Complaints Advocacy can provide you with support and advocacy. You can contact NHS Complaints Advocacy by phone on 0300 330 5454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What will happen once I make my complaint?
Complaints will be dealt with in a manner that is proportional to the issues raised. Your complaint will be investigated and the NHS organisation responsible will aim to resolve the concerns and, where needed, will take action to prevent the incident from happening again.
Will my complaint remain confidential?
Your right to confidentiality will be respected throughout the investigation. However, there may be times when we need to share information without your consent, for example to protect children and vulnerable adults.
What if I am still not satisfied?
If you are unhappy with the response to your complaint you should contact the service directly to see if they can look into the case further. You also have the right to take your complaint to the Health Service Ombudsman. There are time limits for taking a complaint to the Ombudsman, although the Ombudsman can waive them if it is perceived that there is good reason to do so. You can contact their helpline on 0345 015 4033 or email@example.com.
Further information is also available on the Ombudsman website. You can write to the Ombudsman at: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP.