Complaints Procedure

Code of Practice for Handling Complaints

In this practice, we take complaints very seriously and try to ensure that all patients are pleased
with their experience of our services. When patients complain, they are dealt with courteously and
promptly so that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible

Complaints made to the practice

  • The person responsible for dealing with any complaints about the service is Amit Sharma.
  • If a patient complains on the telephone or at the reception desk, we will listen to his or her complaint and offer to refer him or her to Amit Sharma. The member of staff will take brief details of the complaint and pass them on. If we cannot arrange this within a reasonable period or if the patient does not wish to wait to discuss the matter, arrangements will be made for someone to deal with it.
  • If the patient complains in writing the letter will be passed on immediately toAmit Sharma. If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care or associated charges it will normally be referred to the dentist, unless the patient does not want this to happen.
  • We will acknowledge the patient’s complaint including a copy of this Code of Practice within three working days. You will be invited to discuss your concerns; we will seek to investigate the complaint within the agreed response period of the complaint being received to explain the circumstances which led to the complaint. If we are unable to investigate the complaint within this agreed time period, we will notify the patient, giving reasons for the delay and a likely period within which the investigation will be completed.
  • We will confirm the decision about the complaint in writing immediately after completing our investigation. This will be within 14 days of the complaint received
  • Proper and comprehensive records are kept of any complaint received.
  • Alaska House Dental Practice welcomes all complaints; any patient that makes a complaint will not be adversely treated due to having complained. If you do not wish to complain directly to the Practice you can address your complaint directly to the relevant body.
  • Should a patient make a complaint or claim, we may need to provide information about thepatient, and treatment they have received, to insurers, indemnifiers or legal advisers

Complaining to the Local Integrated Care Board (ICB) formerly NHS England

We hope that if you have a problem, you will use our practice complaints procedure. We believe this will give us the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and an opportunity to improve our practice. This does not affect your right to approach the ICB if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us, or you are dissatisfied with the result of our investigation

Should you wish to make a direct complaint to the ICB or another external body please contact

<Please follow THIS LINK to find your local ICB contact details and enter the data here>

NHS England Customer Support Centre,
PO Box 16738,
B97 9PT,
Telephone: 03003112233 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, excluding English Bank Holidays)

Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman
Millbank Tower
Telephone: 0345 015 4033

Dental Complaints Service
37 Wimpole Street
Telephone: 020 8253 0800
(Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

General Dental Council
37 Wimpole Street
Telephone: 0845 222 4141 or 020 7887 3800



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