Customer Information – How to Complain
We hope that you feel satisfied with the care and service you receive at Newcastle Premier Health.
However, if you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from a doctor or any of
the staff, please let us know. We consider customer feedback to be a valuable tool for service improvement,
and we will make every effort to consider your complaint carefully and act upon it in the manner we feel
How to complain
We aim to resolve most problems quickly and efficiently at the time that they arise. Wherever possible this
will be through face to face or direct communication. You can submit your complaint by telephone call,
email or letter addressed to the Quality Assurance Manager (see below). If you wish to submit a complaint,
please let us know as soon as possible so that we may establish the circumstances quickly and clearly. We
are unable to address complaints about care that are submitted more than 12 months (one year) after the
episode in question.
Please address any written complaints to:
Newcastle Premier Health (NPH Group)
Balliol Business Park
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Alternatively you could telephone 0191 6053140 or email:
The Quality Assurance Manager will explain our complaints procedure to you and will make sure that your
concerns are dealt with promptly. We will ask you to be as specific as possible about your complaint, in
order that we can fully understand your concerns and take any appropriate action.
Where a complaint is taken verbally, we will also ask for a summary of the complaint to be submitted in
writing at the above address.
Please ensure your written complaint contains the following information:
• A statement of what you are complaining about, giving details of when and where it happened, and the
names and positions of members of staff involved
• Details of why you are not satisfied
• An explanation of anything you have already done (for example, an informal verbal complaint), and
what happened as a result
• Any questions you would like to have answered
What will we do
Newcastle Premier Health will acknowledge your complaint within two working days, confirming receipt,
detailing the investigative process and giving you an indication when you should expect a response. The
Quality Assurance Manager will pass your complaint to the Investigating Manager. When investigating your
complaint, we aim to:
• Find out what happened, and whether anything went wrong
• Ensure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate
• Identify how we can ensure this problem does not recur by learning from the events.
The Investigating Manager will write to you explaining the outcomes of the investigation and any
recommended actions within 21 days.
Complaining on behalf of someone else
Please note that at all times we adopt the standards set out in the General Medical Council guidance
concerning medical confidentiality. Unless the patient is a minor (i.e. aged less than 16 years) we must
know that you have their permission to make a complaint on their behalf. A consent form or letter signed by
the person concerned will be necessary; where they are incapable (because of illness or infirmity) of
providing this then the complaint must be submitted by next of kin or an adult with Lasting Power of
If you remain dissatisfied at the end of our local process, Newcastle Premier Health does not prejudice your
right to complain take independent advice.