Have your Say
We always welcome feedback about our Practice and services we provide. Patient feedback is important to us, and we appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have.
At the Barcellos Family Practice we want you to be happy with our services and we welcome patient comments and feedback.
We’d also like to hear from you if you are pleased with the service you’ve received. We’ll let the staff involved know and share the good practice across our teams.
There are several ways in which you can provide feedback and the service we have provided.
Scroll down to find out more on how to Have Your Say.
Comments and Feedback
We welcome your comments on things we are doing well within the practice and also welcome your suggestions on things we can improve. If you would like to make a suggestion or provide us with any feedback. Please contact us, using the form below, or if you prefer write to the Practice.
Your feedback is extremely important to us as it helps us to see what we are doing well at and areas for improvement.
Please follow this link to our Feedback Form>> and submit it to the Practice.
Medical matters and official complaints cannot be dealt with via this form. If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from the doctors or any of the personnel working in this practice, please visit our Complaints web page for more on what you can do>>
Please note : only use this form for comments about the practice and suggestions as to how we can improve our service to you.
Leave a review on the NHS Website
If you would like to leave us a review we encourage you to leave us comments on the NHS website here>>.
All comments are reviewed by the management team, including the Partners, with action taken as appropriate.
The NHS Friends and Family Test
The NHS want you to have the best possible experience of care. The NHS Friends and Family Test gathers your feedback so we can continually review and improve our service to you. You do not need to give your name or contact details.
Friends and Family Test Feedback Results - added 18th August 2023
Between April and the end of July, the Practice received 227 FFT responses. From these results, we learned that 97.4% of these respondents said their recent experience visiting the Practice was Good or Very Good.
Some of the positive comments received from our patients recently include:
- "I have always found the receptionists particularly helpful. I had a recent dealing where 2 receptionists in particular went above and beyond and for that I am very grateful. In this day and age, we are all so quick to blame people but not quick enough to praise them, so thank you all."
- "Fantastic practice , always helpful! Offered a same day face to face appointment with my regular GP ! great service from our wonderful NHS".
- "I joined this practice 15 months ago and have had excellent care from them. I'm usually content with a phone consultation but on occasions when I would have settled for advice and prescription they are keen for face to face consult. Certainly not reluctant to see patients. I have received valuable advice and referral to access preventative measures to avoid deterioration. Receptionist añd Asthma nurse very kind. Many thanks."
- "So grateful to this surgery , my daughter has been poorly a few times recently and on every occasion, they have gone above and beyond for her. Also the nurse, Jacy has always been so lovely when giving her all her immunisations, calming her and making the experience much easier. Many thanks to you all."
- "I have been going to Dr Barcellos surgery for mean years and I have got to say I have truly appreciate the caring and understanding they have given to me over the years and I feel very lucky because when I hear friends tell me the complaints about their surgery I know I have a good one. I recently had to be rushed to hospital and the doctors at the hospital new what surgery I was with and they also commented how good my surgery is so to me that’s good enough. And I would like to say a thank you to Doctor Tomlinson for helping me with my trauma I have had… Many thanks"
While we are delighted to receive such positive feedback, we know sometimes things don’t go well, and it is as important to know what we could do better as what we do well. We feel that listening to our patients and their families is vital to providing the best medical care we can and we take on all feedback to help improve our services for everyone.
We make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our Practice.
However, we are aware that things can go wrong, resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would like the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.
How to make a compliment or complaint
Whether you are happy or unhappy with the care and treatment that you have received, please get in touch and let us know your views.
Receiving compliments and complaints is important to ensuring good quality local healthcare in our Practice – helping us to find out more about what we’re getting right and what we can improve.
We hope this will help you to make your feelings and experiences known to the appropriate people. Should you have a complaint we hope this page will give you more information about what to do, who to contact and what happens next.
To have your complaint investigated, you need to complain within 12 months of the event happening, or as soon as you first become aware of the issue you want to complain about.
The time limit can be extended in special circumstances.
How do I raise a concern / informal complaint?
You can speak to any member of staff initially with your complaint. This gives you the opportunity to resolve any concern you may have without it going through a formal process.
Most complaints are best resolved within the practice and these should be made via the Practice Manager.
What we will do
We will contact you about your complaint within three working days and offer to discuss with you the best way to investigate it, including the time scales for a reply. We will aim to offer you an explanation within that time frame. Or a meeting with the people involved.
- Find out what happened and what went wrong
- Invite you to discuss the problem with those involved, if you would like this
- Apologise where this is appropriate
- Identify what we can do to make sure that the problem does not happen again.
If you feel you do not want to contact the surgery directly, then you can contact the NHS Complaints team on:
PO Box 16738
If you are making a complaint please state: ‘For the attention of the complaints team’ in the subject line.
If you have a complaint to make, you can either contact the Practice Manager or ask the Receptionist for a copy of our Complaints Procedure. We will endeavour to:
- acknowledge any letter or Complaints Form within 3 working days of receiving it.
- deal with the matter as promptly as possible – usually within 20 working days – dependent on the nature of the complaint.
Who can complain
- Complainants may be current or former patients, or their nominated or elected representatives (who have been given consent to act on the patients behalf).
- Patients over the age of 16 whose mental capacity is unimpaired should normally complain themselves or authorise someone to bring a complaint on their behalf.
- Children under the age of 16 can also make their own complaint, if they’re able to do so.
If a patient lacks capacity to make decisions, their representative must be able to demonstrate sufficient interest in the patient’s welfare and be an appropriate person to act on their behalf. This could be a partner, relative or someone appointed under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 with lasting power of attorney.
In certain circumstances, we need to check that a representative is the appropriate person to make a complaint.
- For example, if the complaint involves a child, we must satisfy ourselves that there are reasonable grounds for the representative to complain, rather than the child concerned.
- If the patient is a child or a patient who lacks capacity, we must also be satisfied that the representative is acting in the patient’s best interests.
If we are not satisfied that the representative is an appropriate person we will not consider the complaint, and will give the representative the reasons for our decision in writing.
A complaint must be made within 12 months, either from the date of the incident or from when the complainant first knew about it.
The regulations state that a responsible body should only consider a complaint after this time limit if:
- the complainant has good reason for doing so, and
- it’s still possible to investigate the complaint fairly and effectively, despite the delay.
We have a two stage complaints procedure. We will always try to deal with your complaint quickly however if it is clear that the matter will need a detailed investigation, we will notify you and then keep you updated on our progress.
Stage one – Early, local resolution
- We will try to resolve your complaint within five working days if possible.
- If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can ask us to escalate your complaint to Stage Two.
Stage Two – Investigation
- We will look at your complaint at this stage if you are dissatisfied with our response at Stage One.
- We also escalate some complaints straight to this stage, if it is clear that they are complex or need detailed investigation.
- We will acknowledge your complaint within 3 working days and we will give you our decision as soon as possible. This will be no more that 20 working days unless there is clearly a good reason for needing more time to respond.
Complain to the Ombudsman
If, after receiving our final decision, you remain dissatisfied you may take your complaint to the Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman is independent of the NHS and free to use. It can help resolve your complaint, and tell the NHS how to put things right if it has got them wrong.
The Ombudsman only has legal powers to investigate certain complaints. You must have received a final response from the Practice before the Ombudsman can look at your complaint and it will generally not look into your complaint if it happened more than 12 months ago, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman
London SW1P 4QP
Phone: 0345 015 4033
Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS)
If you have concerns about or wish to make a complaint about the quality of care you receive from the NHS, or any other issues or experiences when using the NHS, ICAS can help. People using the health service usually feel they can raise such concerns with a member of staff, such as a Therapist, Doctor, Nurse or Receptionist and the NHS expects that the person you approach will do their best to help you. However, if you are not satisfied by their response or prefer to talk to someone who is not directly involved in your healthcare, ICAS is there to help.
ICAS provide a service which aims to improve your satisfaction and reduce any confusion or anxiety you may have and ICAS staff will act as quickly, and creatively, as possible to support patients, their carers and families to deal with concerns before they become more serious.
Complaints resolution staff at your Practice should give you further information about making a complaint and assist you in contacting ICAS, should you require help with your complaint from outside the NHS.
Please refer to the ICAS / VoiceAbilitywebsite for more information.
Telephone: 0300 330 5454
All complaints will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Where the investigation of the complaint requires consideration of the patient’s medical records, we will inform the patient or person acting on his/her behalf if the investigation will involve disclosure of information contained in those records to a person other than the Practice or an employee of the Practice.
We keep a record of all complaints and copies of all correspondence relating to complaints, but such records will be kept separate from patients’ medical records.
Statistics and reporting
The Practice must submit to the local primary care organisation periodically/at agreed intervals details of the number of complaints received and actioned.
Give feedback or make a complaint
You can complain to a member of staff at the NHS service you went to, such as a GP surgery or hospital, or you can complain to the organisation in charge.