Castle Hill Gardens, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8EU
Telephone: 01805 623222
Sorry, we're closed
Surgery closed for GP and staff training from 12.30pm on Wednesday 21st June ------ From the 1st February 2021 the Surgery will no longer be accepting cash as payments for prescription. Payment by Credit Card and contactless payment only
If you are not happy with the care or treatment you have received at Castle Gardens Surgery you have the right to complain, have your complaint investigated and be given a full and prompt reply.
You have the right to:
Who should I complain to?
Most problems can be sorted out quickly and easily, often at the time they arise with the person concerned and this may be the approach you try first.
If you are unable to resolve your complaint in this way and wish to make a formal complaint you should do so, preferably in writing .
Your written complaint should be sent to:
The Practice Manager
Castle Gardens Surgery
Castle Hill Gardens
Alternatively, you can complain to the local Integrated Care Board (ICB), NHS Devon.
Telephone: 0300 123 1672
Post: Patient Advice and Complaints team, Pomona House, Edginswell Business Park, Oak View Close Torquay TQ2 7FF
Contact information can also be found on the One Devon website: www.onedevon.org.uk/contact-us/patient-advice-and-complaints/
When should I complain?
As soon as possible ideally within a few days as this helps us to establish what happened more easily. In any event complaints should normally be made within 12 months of the date of the specific event that your complaint relates to, or as soon as the matter first came to your attention.
Who can complain?
If you are a registered patient or former registered patient, you can complain about your own care.
(a) where the patient is a child:
(b) where the patient is not able to make a complaint themselves, the complaint can be made by a relative or other adult who has an interest in his/her welfare.
Please be advised that we keep strict rules regarding medical and personal confidentiality. If you wish to make a complaint and are not the patient involved, we will normally require written consent from the patient to confirm that we are able to correspond and speak to you about the matter and the patient’s medical information. If written consent is not possible then please discuss this with the patients Doctor or the Practice Manager.
What happens next?
Once a formal investigation has been carried out, we will respond to you in writing. The response will include:
Not happy with the Practices Formal Response?
If after receipt of the formal response you are still not satisfied with the outcome or explanation and do not believe you can obtain a satisfactory outcome by further discussion with the practice you can refer the matter to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman,
London SW1P 4QP
Tel: 0345 015 4033
Can I get help to make my complaint?
If you feel you would like help to make your complaint support is available. Some people may decide not to make a complaint because they are put off by the process, find it confusing or believe nothing will happen. If you are thinking about making a complaint it is important to know that you have access to local advocacy to help you make your complaint and provide support throughout the complaints process.
An NHS complaints advocate is independent of the NHS and may help you write a letter, attend a meeting with you or explain the options available to you. This service is free to anyone making a complaint about their NHS treatment or care.
How do I find a complaints advocate?
Supporting people with a learning disability or autism
NHS England, the health, local government and social care Ombudsman services and others are leading a project called Ask Listen Do. This is about making it easier to give feedback, raise a concern or complain if you or someone you support has a learning disability, autism or both.
The Ask Listen Do webpages include information and films for autistic people and people with a learning disability, as well as families and organisations in health, social care and education.