The following information aims to help people who wish to make a comment or complaint about any NHS service funded by this CCG.
These services include:
• Urgent and emergency care (including A&E and ambulance services)
• Out-of-hours primary medical services
• Elective hospital care
• Community health services (such as rehabilitation services, speech and language therapy, continence services, wheelchair services, and home oxygen services
• Rehabilitation services
• Maternity and newborn services (excluding neonatal intensive care)
• Children’s healthcare services (mental and physical health)
• Services for people with learning disabilities
• Mental health services (including psychological therapies)
• Infertility services.
To make a comment or complaint, please contact:
NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
Phone: 01634 335177
You can also submit your query using our online comment form.
For further information on making complaints to the NHS, please visit the NHS Complaints Advocacy website for self help information packs.
Who can make a complaint?
Anyone can make a complaint including:
- A patient,
- Someone acting on behalf of the patient with their written consent,
- Anyone affected by the actions of an NHS body.
When to make a complaint
Make your complaint as soon as possible, while memories are still fresh. Usually the NHS will only deal with complaints made within 12 months of the event that you are complaining about, or within 12 months of finding out that you had something to complain about. This time limit may be waived if there are good reasons why you were not able to complain earlier and an effective investigation can still be carried out.
What to include when making a complaint:
- Your name, address, email (if possible) and telephone number,
- The full name, address, email (if possible) and telephone number of the patient concerned (if that is not yourself) and their written permission (a signature on the letter will suffice),
- A summary of what happened with dates, if possible,
- A list of the questions that you would like answered,
- What you want to happen as a result of your complaint,
- Permission for us to copy the complaint to the people who need to take part in the investigation.
How we will deal with your complaint
As part of the complaints process, we will:
- acknowledge your complaint within three working days after receipt,
- ensure you receive a response within 25 working days, or sooner in most cases,
- keep you informed while your concerns are being investigated.
This process may involve:
- accessing your records (with your consent) and disclosing relevant information to us,
- using your information for other purposes, such as monitoring the complaints process or improving service quality. Where possible, only anonymous information will be used. If identifiable data is needed for other purposes, then your consent will be obtained.
What will happen next?
- When the investigation is complete, you will be written to with the outcome, including any improvements that have been, or will be made as a result of your complaint,
- It is hoped that your complaint will be resolved at this stage. If that is not the case, please contact us and we will discuss your concerns,
- If you are unhappy with the way your concerns have been handled, you can ask the Health Service Ombudsman (see below) to review your complaint.
Help with making your complaint
Comments or complaints about other NHS services
For information and comments about services funded by NHS England, please visit their website. The services they fund include:
- GP Practices,
- NHS opticians,
- NHS dental services,
- Health services for people in prisons and other custodial settings (adult prisons, young offender institutions, juvenile prisons, secure children’s homes, secure training centres, immigration removal centres, police custody suites),
- Health services for members of the armed forces and their families,
- Specialised and highly specialised NHS services.
Please note: this information is available in other languages on request. Please contact Medway Clinical Commissioning Group on 01634 335177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need this information in another format or language.
Healthwatch Medway is an independent organisation that aims to give Medway citizens and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within Medway.
In addition, Healthwatch Medway also provides a signposting service to people to help them make choices about health and care services.
You can contact Healthwatch Medway via the below details:
Post: Healthwatch Medway, 2nd Floor, Kingsley House, 37-39 Balmoral Road, Gillingham ME7 4PF
Telephone 01634 566777