PKM Technologies Ltd T/a Dental Solutions Complaints Procedure

VERBAL COMPLAINTS

If a patient complains on the telephone, at the reception desk or anywhere else in practice, we will listen sympathetically to their complaint and make notes about his/her issues or problems, provided that the patient consents to us doing this.

Having first listened to the patient’s complaint, we will offer to refer him/her to management immediately. If Philip or Clare Morrison are not available at the time, the patient will be advised of when they will be able to speak to either one of them, and arrangements will be made for this to happen. If the patient has consented to their concerns or issues being written down, the team member will take brief details of the complaint and pass them on. If we cannot arrange this within a reasonable time or if the patient does not wish to wait to discuss the matter, arrangements will be made for Clare to deal with it.

Our aim in handling verbal complaints is always to try to resolve the issue to the patient’s satisfaction so that it does not escalate and become a written complaint.

WRITTEN COMPLAINTS

If the patient complains in writing the letter will be passed on immediately to Clare Morrison.

Complaints about clinical care or associated charges will be referred to the clinician concerned unless the patient does not want this to happen.

A written response to a complaint with an accompanying copy of our Complaints Policy and Procedures will be sent as soon as possible, normally within 5 working days.

We will investigate the complaint to enable us to give an explanation of the circumstances that led to the complaint within 15 working days of receipt. If the patient does not wish to meet us, then we will attempt to talk to them on the telephone. If we are unable to investigate the complaint within 15 working days 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.

We make and keep proper and comprehensive records of any complaint received.

IF PATIENTS ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE RESULT OF OUR PROCEDURE, THEN A COMPLAINT MAY BE MADE TO:

The Dental Complaints Service
For complaints about private treatment.
Address: Stephenson House, 2 Cherry Orchard, Croydon, CR0 6BA

Phone: 0208 253 0800

Email: info@dentalcomplaints.org.uk

The General Dental Council

Address: 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1M 8DQ

Phone: 0207 167 6000

Email: standards@gdc-uk.org