The Endodontic Practice takes complaints very seriously and we make every effort possible to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care and are pleased with our service. However, when a patient feels the need to complain we expect our staff to be courteous and the complaint to be resolved as promptly as possible.
The person initially responsible for dealing with your complaint will be John Rhodes. If you make your complaint known over the telephone, or at the reception desk, we will listen to your complaint and if the complaint cannot be resolved immediately we will ask you to put your complaint in writing.
When you complain in writing, the letter will be passed to John Rhodes immediately. If the complaint is regarding any aspect of your clinical care the complaint will be referred to the dentist concerned. We will acknowledge your complaint in writing and enclose a copy of this code of practice as soon as possible. We will seek to investigate the complaint within 10 working days of the complaint being received to give an explanation of the circumstances which led to the complaint. If we are unable to investigate the complaint within 10 working days we will normally notify you, giving a reason for any delay and a likely period within which the investigation will be completed.
We will confirm the decision about the complaint in writing. Proper and comprehensive reports are kept of all complaints received. If you are still not completely satisfied with the way in which your complaint has been handled, you may discuss the matter with the regulatory bodies:
Dental Complaints Service
Stephenson House, 2 Cherry Orchard Rd, Croydon CR0 6BA
Tel: 02082 530800
Care Quality Commission General Dental Council
CQC National Customer Service Centre, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA.
Telephone: 03000 616161
Fax: 03000 616171
General Dental Council
37 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8DQ,
Tel:0845 222 4141 (UK local rate), 020 7887 3800