We are continually looking to turn patient feedback into real improvements in the services we provide. We use it to focus on the things that matter most to our patients, carers and their families.
To provide feedback:
- fill out a feedback form
- take part in the Friends and Family Test
- leave a review on the NHS website
- phone us on 0161 248 5100 or visit the surgery
Making a complaint
When making a complaint, you can choose to complain to either of the following:
The healthcare provider
This is the practice. Please use our feedback form, contact us by telephone or write to us.
West Point Medical Centre
167-169 Slade Lane
For the purpose of complaints about a GP practice, the commissioner is NHS England.
You can complain or give feedback:
By post to:
NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care
3 Piccadilly Place
By email to: email@example.com
If you are making a complaint please state: ‘For the attention of the complaints team’ in the subject line.
By telephone: 0161 953 8388
Their opening hours are 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday, except Wednesdays when they open at the later time of 9.30am. They are closed on bank holidays.
Making your complaint
You should make your complaint within 12 months of the incident or within 12 months of the matter coming to your attention. This time limit can sometimes be extended as long as it is still possible to investigate your complaint.
Anyone can complain, including young people. A family member, carer, friend or your local MP can complain on your behalf with your permission.
What can I expect if I complain?
- have your complaint acknowledged and properly looked into;
- be kept informed of progress and told the outcome;
- be treated fairly, politely and with respect;
- be reassured that your care and treatment will not be affected as a result of making a complaint;
- be offered the opportunity to discuss the complaint with a complaints manager;
- expect appropriate action to be taken following your complaint.
If you’re considering making a complaint but need help
Many issues can be resolved quickly by speaking directly to our team. If you would find it helpful to talk to someone who understands the complaints process first then you can get some guidance and support from the following services.
- Healthwatch Manchester provide information on their website and can offer support by telephone on 0300 078 0669 between the hours of 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
- Age UK may have advocates in your area. Visit their website or call 0800 055 6112.
- VoiceAbility provide the local complaints advocacy service. Call 01223 555800 for advice or find the contact details for your local VoiceAbility service.
An advocate can help you to write a complaint letter and attend meetings with you, but cannot make the complaint for you or give medical or legal advice.
You can get advice from an NHS complaints advocate at any stage of the process. If you decide you need some support, it’s never too late to ask for help.
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.
The NHS Constitution
The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as a patient, and explains the commitments the NHS has made to providing you with a high quality service. Organisations providing NHS care must take account of the NHS Constitution when treating you, so you may find it helpful to refer to it if you are thinking about making a complaint.
What you need to provide
Provide as much information as possible to allow NHS England to investigate your complaint. Include the following:
- your name and a valid email or home address for reply;
- a phone number in case we need to contact you for additional information;
- the name, location, and postal address (if you know it) of the service you want to complain about;
- a clear description of what you want to complain about and when this happened;
- any relevant correspondence.
If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we will need their consent to proceed with the complaint. We will contact you about this.
What happens next?
You complaint will be acknowledged no later than the third working day after the day it is received.
Investigating the complaint
The complaint will be investigated and you will receive the findings of the investigation along with an apology. You will also receive an explanation of any lessons learned or changes that will take place as a result of the findings of the investigation.
How long will it take?
This will depend on what your complaint is about and how complex it is. Communication with you is important and we will keep you updated throughout the process.
Unhappy with the outcome of your complaint?
If you are not happy with the way your complaint has been dealt with and would like to take the matter further, you can contact the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) which makes final decisions on unresolved complaints about the NHS in England. It is an independent service which is free for everyone to use.
To take your complaint to the Ombudsman, visit the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman website or call 0345 015 4033.
All complaints must be treated in the strictest confidence.
Where the investigation of the complaint requires consideration of the patient’s medical records, the practice manager must inform the patient or person acting on his or her behalf if the investigation will involve disclosure of information contained in those records to a person other than the practice or an employee of the practice.
The surgery must keep a record of all complaints and copies of all correspondence relating to complaints but such records must be kept separate from the patient’s medical records.
The surgery has an annual review of complaints received within the year and the learning issues or changes to procedures which have arisen are documented.