Comments and Complaints
Comments and Complaints
Making a complaint is one way that helps organisations to learn lessons from their mistakes and to prevent them from happening to anyone else.
How can I make a complaint?
You can make a complaint in writing, by email, over the telephone or in person. Your complaint should be made as soon as possible. This should be within a year of the event. You can make a complaint on your own or on behalf of someone else if you have their permission.
Who should I contact with my complaint?
This depends on which NHS service you want to make a complaint about:
Hospitals and Community Services
Newham University Hospital
Formal complaints should go to the central Barts Health complaints team on 0207 480 4776 or 0207 480 4719 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All details about making a complaint can be found on the Barts Health website.
Any comments, advice, request for support or feedback should go to the central PALS team on Tel: 020 3594 2040 or by email: email@example.com. All details for the PALS service can be found on the Barts Health website.
Mental Health and Community Services
If you need information, advice or support about mental health and community services such as a health centre, physiotherapy or podiatry service and don’t know where to turn, you can contact East London NHS Foundation Trust’s Patient and Advice Liaison Service (PALS) by email firstname.lastname@example.org or freephone: 0800 783 4839
Doctor (GP), dentist, pharmacist or optometrist
If you want to make a complaint or comment about a GP, dentist, pharmacist or optometrist, please contact the practice directly in the first instance. If you are unable to resolve the issue, then contact the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 2233 or email email@example.com. You can also write to: NHS England, PO Box 16728, Redditch, B97 9PT.
NHS Newham CCG and the services it commissions
If you have a complaint relating to the way an NHS service has been commissioned, or you have been directly affected by a commissioning decision made by us, please contact the North and East London Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU) Patient Experience and Effectiveness Team, which is an NHS organisation who manage the complaints process on our behalf. They can be contacted on 020 3688 1666 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I get help and support with making my complaint?
If you need support in making a complaint about a NHS service, contact VoiceAbility who provide a free and independent service that can help you make a complaint about a NHS service:
t: 0300 330 5454
Textphone: 0786 002 2939
f: 0330 088 3762
What will happen once I make my complaint?
Complaints will be dealt with in a manner that is proportional to the issues raised. Your complaint will be investigated and the NHS organisation responsible will aim to resolve the concerns and, where needed, will take action to prevent the incident from happening again.
Will my complaint remain confidential?
Your right to confidentiality will be respected throughout the investigation. However, there may be times when we need to share information without your consent, for example to protect children and vulnerable adults.
What if I am still not satisfied?
If you are unhappy with the response to your complaint you should contact the service directly to see if they can look into the case further. You also have the right to take your complaint to the Health Service Ombudsman. There are time limits for taking a complaint to the Ombudsman, although the Ombudsman can waive them if it is perceived that there is good reason to do so. You can contact their helpline on 0345 015 4033 or email@example.com
Further information is also available at www.ombudsman.org.uk. You can write to the Ombudsman at: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP.