‘There could be traffic jams along the extra mile’

~ Roger Staubach (adapted)



Complaints Policy & Procedures for Patients of The Riley Dental Studio Limited

At The Riley Dental Studio we want to ensure that all our patients are pleased with their experience of our service. We take complaints very seriously indeed. If a patient makes a complaint, we will deal with the matter courteously and promptly so that it is resolved as quickly as possible. Our procedure is based on these objectives.

The Riley Dental Studio has an effective complaints system in place to ensure that identifying, receiving, recording, handling and response to any comments, observations or complaints occurs within a strict timetable which is clearly documented. The complaints system is clearly displayed and all patients and visitors are confident that they will be listened and responded to without fear of discrimination.

Any complainant can be assured that they will be treated in a manner respecting their human rights and diversity; in a sensitive manner and that the complaint can be made by a variety of methods either verbally, by sign language or in writing.

Where they lack confidence or require help they will be supported by helpful staff members. Their complaint will be fully documented and fairly dealt with and following investigation, lessons learned can lead to changes being made to avoid future complaints.

These clear complaint procedures are monitored and reviewed and the named contact who is accountable for doing this is Lisa Lawrence.

This Policy was implemented/updated/reviewed on: 25/05/2018

This policy and relevant procedures will be reviewed annually and are due for review on: 25/05/2019 or prior to this date in accordance with new guidance or legislative changes.

Patient Complaints Procedures

If a patient complains on the telephone or at the reception desk, we will listen to their complaint and offer to refer him/her to Lisa Lawrence immediately. If Lisa Lawrence 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.

• If the patient complains in writing the letter will be passed on immediately to Lisa Lawrence.

• Complaints about clinical care or associated charges will be referred to the clinician concerned, unless the patient does not want this to happen.

• If a claim has begun, or if a complaint to one of the regulatory bodies has been made or intimated, advice and assistance should be sought from the relevant registrants indemnity provider

• A written response to a complaint with accompanying copy of our code of practice will be sent as soon as possible, normally within two working days. We will seek to investigate the complaint within ten working days of receipt to give an explanation of the circumstances which led to the complaint. If the patient does not wish to meet us, then we will attempt to talk to them on the telephone. If we are unable to investigate the complaint within ten working days we will notify the patient, giving reasons for the delay and a likely period within which the investigation will be completed.

• 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.


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

The Dental Complaints Service for complaints about private treatment Stephenson House, 2 Cherry Orchard, Croydon, CR0 6BA Phone 020 8253 0800 Email: info@dentalcomplaints.org.uk

The General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1M 8DQ (the dentists’ registration body) Phone: 02071676000 (UK local rate) Email: standards@gdc-uk.org

NHS England for complaints about NHS treatment. PO Box 6738, Redditch, B97 9PT. Phone: 0300 311 2233 Email: England.contactus@nhs.net

The Care Quality Commission at Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE14PA Phone Email 03000 616161 enquires@cqc.org.uk