Your Feedback is Important to Us
Please Talk to Us
At One Ashford Hospital we are aware that you may feel anxious about coming into hospital, so we aim to do everything we can to make you feel as relaxed and confident as possible. We are committed to delivering the highest possible standards in healthcare so when we do receive feedback from our patients, whether it be praise or criticism we listen carefully, review our processes and learn from your comments for the future.
Complimenting your Care
If you have been delighted with your care, please let us know. We will pass on your praise to individual staff members or teams. It is always good to hear when things go particularly well for our patients so that we know when we are getting things right. If, however you have a suggestion for how we could improve we would be delighted to hear your ideas. This way we can continuously improve and ensure exceptional care for all patients in the future. Raising a concern if you should have any concerns about your care, the facilities or the service that you have received please raise this with us at the earliest opportunity. Where possible we aim to resolve any concerns at the time without delay. The person in charge of your daily care should be able to help you in the first instance with any concerns or please ask to speak to a member of our Management team, all of whom will be happy to assist you.
If you Have a Complaint
Should you feel that you wish to make a complaint please make us aware as soon as possible. Please be assured that we will:
- Take all complaints seriously
- Handle all complaints confidentially
- Investigate impartially
- Give a complete and transparent response
We endeavour to resolve any issues or complaints directly with the complainant at the time in person, however if you should wish to put your comments in writing please include the following information where possible:
- Where your treatment took place
- The date on which you had reason to complain
- Any names of consultants or staff involved with your care, if you know them
- The treatment that you received
- A clear description of your complaint
- Details of what you would like us to do to put things right
- Any further comments that you feel may be relevant
Please address any correspondence to:
The Hospital Director
One Ashford Hospital
Our Commitment to You
First Stage – Local Resolution
We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, in writing, within 3 working days. This letter will confirm our understanding of your complaint and will include an invitation to a face to face meeting to try to resolve matters quickly. An investigation will be undertaken and you will receive a reply outlining our findings within 20 working days. If for any reason the investigation takes longer than 20 working days we will write to you again to keep you updated on the status of our investigation. Some complex cases may take a longer time to investigate, should this be the case we will keep in regular contact with you and provide you with progress reports about your complaint.
Second Stage – Internal Review
If for any reason your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction by the Hospital Director at a local level, you can refer it to the Chairman of One Healthcare for review. An acknowledgement will be sent within 3 days of receipt of the request for the complaint to be reviewed. A full response describing the review and its outcome will be shared with you in writing within 20 days. As part of the review the investigating officer may need to speak with you further to understand where your dissatisfaction lays.
Third Stage – Referral to Independent External Adjudication
Last, if you remain dissatisfied following the Chairman’s review, you can take your complaint to the Independent External Adjudicator (IEA). This is an independent process run by the Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Services (ISCAS). They will only become involved if the complaint has already been through the One Healthcare complaints process. The IEA will acknowledge your complaint within 3 working days, investigate fully and provide a full response within 20 days. Further information about the work of the IEA can be found on the ISCAS website, www.iscas.org.uk
The IEA can be contacted at:
Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Service
70 Fleet Street