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Complaints & Feedback

Our policy for handling patient complaints

In this practice we take complaints very seriously indeed and try to ensure that all patients are pleased with their experience of our service. When patients complain, they are dealt with courteously and promptly so that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible. This procedure is based on these objectives.

Our aim is to react to complaints in the way in which we would want our complaint about a service to be handled. We learn from every mistake that we make and we respond to patients’ concerns in a caring and sensitive way.

  1. The person responsible for dealing with any complaint about the service we provide is: Ben Pearson or Chrissy Still.
  2. If a patient complains on the telephone or at the reception desk we will listen to his or her complaint and offer to refer him or her to Ben Pearson or Chrissy Still immediately.
  3. If Ben Pearson or Chrissy Still are not available at the time, then the patient will be told when he or she 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.
  4. If the patient complains in writing, the letter will be passed on immediately to: Ben Pearson.
  5. If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care or associated charges it will normally be referred to the dentist, unless the patient does not want this to happen.
  6. We will acknowledge the patient’s complaint in writing and enclose a copy of this code of practice as soon as possible, normally within two working days. We will seek to investigate the complaint within ten working days of the complaint being received 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 him or her 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.
  7. We will confirm the decision about the complaint in writing to the patient immediately after completing our investigation.
  8. Proper and comprehensive reports are kept of any complaint received.
  9. If patients are not satisfied with the result of our procedure then a complaint may be made to:
    • Primary Care Organisation NHS Devon Commissioning HQ The Annexe County Hall Topsham Road Exeter EX2 4QL (for complaints about NHS treatment) 
    •  The General Dental Council 37 Wimpole Street London, W1M 8DQ (the dentists’ registration body)
    •  The Dental Complaints Service (08456 120 540) (for complaints about Private treatment)
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Corona Virus – Dental Update

Issue Date: 24/03/2020


On advice from the Government the practice is now closed for all routine work. 

Patients requiring urgent dental care can access this by phoning the practice between 9-11.00am each week day morning, after which one of our dentists will contact you directly to discuss what arrangements can be made to alleviate your problem. Please note that this service is for patients experiencing significant dental pain or trauma /symptom free broken fillings will not normally be deemed as requiring urgent dental care. We are happy to help non registered patients on a private fee basis. 

Outside these hours and at weekends or bank holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you to our out of hours service. 

For patients with routine dental care we will be contacting you to rearrange your appointments on a rolling basis. Due to the unpredictable nature of what we are facing please accept our apologies if your appointment has to be pushed forward repeatedly. 

We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time and will endeavour to be look after you to the best of our ability. 

Many thanks and keep safe 

Ben Pearson and the Team