Complaints policy

We want our service to meet your expectations. If you have a concern or complaint about any aspect of our service, we want to know what mistakes we made and identify how we can improve to ensure that we meet your expectations in future. Our aim is to learn from any feedback we receive and improve the service we provide to our patients.

We will deal with complaints courteously and promptly and aim to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Making a complaint

If you wish to make a complaint or simply let us know how we could have done better, please contact Aman Phull, the Practice Principal:

  • By telephone on 07752 524757
  • By email at info@chalfont-dentist.co.uk
  • By letter to Aman Phull, 15 Lower Road, Chalfont St Peter, SL9 9AL
  • In person, by appointment

If you contact the practice to make a complaint and Aman Phull is not available, we will arrange a convenient time for him to contact you. We will ask you for brief details of your complaint so that Aman Phull can gather any useful information before contacting you.

If your complaint is about your dental treatment or the fee charged, we will usually ask the dentist concerned to contact you, unless you do not want this.

Investigating a complaint

We will offer to discuss the complaint with you. We will let you know how we will deal with your complaint and the likely time that the investigation will take to complete. If you do not wish to discuss the complaint further, we will still let you know the expected timescale for completing the investigation.

We will investigate your complaint within 10 working days or, if the issue is complex, within 6 months and, as far as reasonably practicable, will let you know how our investigation is progressing.

When we have completed our investigation, we will explain how we considered the complaint, the conclusions we reached for each part of your complaint, details of any remedial action we have taken and whether further action is needed.

Records

We keep proper and comprehensive records of any complaints that we receive and the action we have taken following investigation.  We review these records regularly to ensure that we recognise our mistakes and take every opportunity to improve our service.

If you are not satisfied

If your complaint was about your dental treatment and you are not satisfied with the result of our investigation, you can take up the matter with a relevant external organisation.

For complaints about NHS treatment:

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank London SW1P 4QP (0345 015 4033 or www.ombudsman.org.uk).

For complaints about private treatment:

Dental Complaints Service, 37 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8DQ

(020 8253 0800 or online at https://contactus.gdc-uk.org/dcs/Complaint/PrivatePatients)

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