Comments, Suggestions and Complaints

We aim to provide a high standard of service across all our surgeries and we hope you find your visit a pleasant one.

This page explains what to do if you have a suggestion for improving the quality of service or if you would like to make a comment or complaint about the level of service you have received.

Comments and Suggestions

We value your comments and suggestions. We are committed to learning lessons from concerns and use them to review the services we offer and to look at ways of improving services at the surgery, to do that we also need to know what we do well.

All staff are here to help and they will do their best to deal with any of your concerns.

PALS

PALS is a free confidential information service giving on the spot help for patients, their families, carers and staff. They aim to resolve problems and concerns for people using NHS services quickly before they become a major issue.

They can be contacted by telephone on 0800 389 6819 or by email pals@suffolk.nhs.uk

Suffolk Healthwatch

This provides confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns you may have about the care we provide, guiding you through the different services available from the NHS.

Complaints Procedure

We try to offer you the best service we can at all times but we understand there may be occasions when you feel this has not happened.

We like to handle complaints ourselves since most arrive from misunderstandings. It is best for all concerned to put things right as quickly as possible. The way a complaint is dealt with depends on its nature.

If you have a compliment, concern or wish to make a complaint you can do this in a variety of ways:

  • In Person - if you feel comfortable discussing your complaint with a member of staff, please do. Each team also has a Team Leader/Manager who can also help resolve any issues.
    However, if you would prefer to put your complaint in writing please address this to:
    Practice Manager, Hardwicke House Group Practice, Stour Street, Sudbury CO10 2AY
    or email hwh.admin@nhs.net
    If you have put your complaint in writing you will receive an acknowledgement within 10 working days which may be a full reply or a letter outlining how your complaint will be dealt with together with the timescales involved.

If you prefer not to raise your complaint with the practice directly, or are still dissatisfied following the investigation of your complaint, you can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison service at pals@suffolk.nhs.uk who will then investigate your complaint. Alternatively, you can write to PALS at
PALS
Suffolk and North East Essex ICB
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX

Confidentiality

Please note we have to respect our duty of confidentiality to patients and a patient's consent will be necessary if a complaint is not made by that patient in person.

Hardwicke House Surgery

Stour Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2AY
01787 370011

Meadow Lane Surgery

22 Meadow Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2TD
01787 370011

Church Square Surgery

Church Square, Bures, Sudbury CO8 5BS
01787 370011

Stonehall Surgery

Nethergate Street, Clare, Sudbury CO10 8NP
01787 370011

The Cornard Surgery

67 Pot Kiln Road, Gt. Cornard, Sudbury CO10 0DH
01787 370011