Complaints Process

We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends AMC.

However, we are aware that things can go wrong which can result in patients or relatives feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would like the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.

To have a complaint investigated, you need to complain within 12 months of the event happening, but ideally as soon as you first become aware of the issue you want to complain about. The time limit can be extended in special circumstances.

How to make a compliment or complaint

Receiving compliments, informal feedback or formal complaints is important to ensuring good quality healthcare in our practice – helping us to find out more about what we’re getting right and what we can improve.

AMC endeavours to provide the best consideration of patient needs at all times. To help us make sure we provide the best possible care and attention, we offer patients the opportunity to tell us, informally, of any suggestions they have for the further improvement of their healthcare. Whether you are happy or unhappy with the care and treatment that you have received, please get in touch and let us know your views.

Patients are encouraged to fill out our online “Compliments and Suggestions” form, or send an letter to the practice for the attention of the Practice Manager. Forms may be completed anonymously, but if a response is required we will aim to discuss this with you within ten working days.

If you wish to make a formal complaint about any aspect of our service, please address your concerns to the Practice Manager (Debbie Turner).

There is a designated form available from Reception or which we can email to you on request.

A face to face meeting can be arranged if you wish to discuss your concerns in person.

We will acknowledge your letter within three working days of receipt and initiate a full internal investigation on your behalf.

A written explanation will be sent to you within ten working days but, should the investigation take longer, you will be kept informed.

On receipt of the written explanation, if a resolution is not agreed, you will be offered the opportunity to meet in order to discuss the outcome further.

Way to get in touch to lodge a complaint:

Complaints form available from Reception

Letter Address:  Adelaide Medical Centre

Call 01264 351144 to arrange a meeting

Email: [email protected]

If you feel you do not want to contact the surgery directly, then you can contact the NHS Complaints team on:

NHS England

PO Box 16738


B97 9PT

If you are making a complaint please state: ‘For the attention of the complaints team’ in the subject line.

Who can complain

Complainants may be current or former patients, or their nominated or elected representatives (who have been given consent to act on the patients behalf).

Patients over the age of 16 whose mental capacity is unimpaired should normally complain themselves or authorise someone to bring a complaint on their behalf.

Children under the age of 16 can also make their own complaint, if they’re able to do so.

If a patient lacks capacity to make decisions, their representative must be able to demonstrate sufficient interest in the patient’s welfare and be an appropriate person to act on their behalf. This could be a partner, relative or someone appointed under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 with lasting power of attorney.

Complaint Process

Stage one – Early, local resolution

We will try to resolve your complaint within ten working days if possible.

If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can ask us to escalate your complaint to Stage Two.

Stage Two – Investigation

We will take note and review your feedback to our first complaint response and further investigate.

We will again acknowledge your response within 3 working days and we will give you our decision as soon as possible. This will be no more than 20 working days unless there is clearly a good reason for needing more timely response.

Stage three – Complain to the Ombudsman

If, after receiving our final decision, you remain dissatisfied you may take your complaint to the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman is independent of the NHS and free to use. It can help resolve your complaint, and tell the NHS how to put things right if it has got them wrong.

The Ombudsman only has legal powers to investigate certain complaints. You must have received a final response from the Practice before the Ombudsman can look at your complaint and it will generally not look into your complaint if it happened more than 12 months ago, unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman

Tower 30


London SW1P 4QP

Phone: 0345 015 4033

E: email the Ombudsman

Interpreting Service

We can arrange for a meeting with the Practice Manager and an interpreter for any patient whose first language is not English and needs help with their complaint.

Organisations that can help you make a complaint about health services

Further information from Citizens Advice

Hampshire Hospitals Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

The Customer Care Office

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Aldermaston Road



RG24 9NA

Tel: 01256 486766

Email: [email protected]


All complaints will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Where the investigation of the complaint requires consideration of the patient’s medical records, we will inform the patient or person acting on his/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.

We keep a record of all complaints and copies of all correspondence relating to complaints, but such records will be kept separate from patients’ medical records.

Statistics and reporting

The Practice must submit to the local primary care organisation periodically/at agreed intervals details of the number of complaints received and actioned.