We hope that you will found our dentists and staff readily approachable and that if you feel that you have any cause for any sort of concern, minor or major, that you will bring it to our attention as soon as possible together with any suggestions that you may have which might lead to the problem being remedied. We also have a formal Practice Complaints Procedure.

If you need to complain

The person responsible for the practice complaints procedure in this practice is:

Dr Ben Aaron.

The complaint may be made orally or in writing and you should receive a response from the practice within ten working days. Your dentist will try to resolve your complaint at this stage. Your statement, that of any staff involved, and the circumstances leading to the complaint will be investigated and a report produced. This process is called Local Resolution.

If a patient complains on the telephone or at the reception desk, we will listen to their complaint and offer to refer him or her to Dr Ben Aaron immediately. If Dr Ben Aaron is not available at the time, then the patient will be told when they will be able to talk to the dentist and arrangements will be made for this to happen. The member of staff will take brief details of the complaint and pass them on. If we cannot arrange this within a reasonable period or if the patient does not wish to wait to discuss the matter, arrangements will be made for someone else to deal with it.

What happens?

If the patient complains in writing the letter will be passed on immediately to Dr Ben Aaron.

If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care or associated charges it will normally be referred to the dentist, unless the patient does not want this to happen.

We will acknowledge the patient’s complaint in writing and enclose a copy of this code of practice as soon as possible, normally within three working days. We will seek to investigate the complaint and give an explanation of the circumstances which led to the complaint as soon as reasonably practicable after completing the investigation. If the patient does not wish to meet us, then we will attempt to talk to them on the telephone.

We will confirm the decision about the complaint in writing immediately after completing our investigation.

Proper and comprehensive records are kept of any complaint received.

The outcome

If patients are not satisfied with the result of our procedure then a complaint may be made to:

The Dental Complaints Service (08456 120 540) for complaints about private treatment

NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT, Email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tel. 0300 311 22 33 for complaints about NHS treatment.

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61-63 Church Street,
Padiham Lancashire
BB12 8JH