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OSD Healthcare is committed to providing a high quality independent healthcare service to all our patients. We are extremely proud of the service that we offer and are disappointed if your experience has not met expectations. We do recognise that sometimes things may go wrong and if this is the case we want to know about it as quickly as possible, preferably while you are still at the clinic, so we can try to resolve your concerns before you leave.
We take complaints very seriously and are members of ISCAS, the Independent Healthcare Sector Complaints Adjudication Service. We abide by their Complaints Code of Conduct.
We would like to assure you that OSD Healthcare will deal with all complaints respectfully and confidentially. Patients and their relatives will never be discriminated against or have their care compromised as a result of raising a complaint. By listening to our patients and regularly reviewing complaints data, we will consider making changes to improve and enhance the quality of the services we offer.
If you feel you wish to discuss any aspect of your care, raise a concern, or make a complaint, we would kindly ask that you bring this to the attention of a member of staff as soon as possible, who will be happy to assist you with the process.
Staff will make every effort to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible. If your concerns are not resolved to your satisfaction, you will be advised how to make a formal written complaint and be given a copy of this procedure.
The written (formal) complaints process has 3 stages.
Every effort will be made to ensure our investigations are thorough yet proportionate with a commitment to try to resolve your concerns at Stage 1.
Stage 1 – Local resolution
Please send your written complaint to Jackie Row, Director of Clinical Services at the address above, or email email@example.com.
Our Director of Clinical Services is responsible for the day to day operation of OSD Healthcare so is best placed to facilitate the investigation of any complaint. In your complaint, please describe as fully as you can the nature of your complaint.
Your complaint will be acknowledged in writing within two (2) working days (excluding weekends and bank holidays) of receiving the complaint, unless a full reply can be sent to you within five (5) working days.
You have the right to seek independent or legal advice regarding your complaint where any aspect of your complaint might give rise to a clinical negligence claim. The intention to seek legal advice does not stop the complaints process. In cases where a legal claim is made then those aspects of the complaint that are central to the legal claim (i.e. clinical negligence and issues of causality), cannot be responded to in this process however any other elements of the complaint can still be investigated via this procedure.
Upon completion of the investigation you will receive a full written response within twenty (20) working days (excluding weekends and bank holidays) of the complaint being received.
If a full response cannot be given within the above time frame, OSD Healthcare will write to you to explain the reason for the delay. You will receive a full written response within five (5) days of a conclusion being reached. Regular reviews of complaints are conducted to ensure that we learn from issues raised and to inform continuous improvement, adapting our processes and services in line with our patients’ expectations.
If you are not satisfied with the response, within 6 months you can request a complaint review.
Stage 2 – Complaint review
If you request a complaint review, a Director of OSD Healthcare will review your complaint, the investigation documentation and may interview staff involved to form an independent view on the handling of the complaint.
Your request for a complaint review will be acknowledged in writing within two (2) working days (excluding weekends and bank holidays) of receiving the request, unless a full reply can be sent to you within five (5) working days.
You will be offered the option of a confidential meeting and informed of the name of the Director who will be conducting the complaint review. Upon completion of the complaint review you will receive a full written response within twenty (20) working days (excluding weekends and bank holidays) of the request being received.
If a full response cannot be given within the above time frame, OSD Healthcare will write to you to explain the reason for the delay. You will receive a full written response within five (5) days of a conclusion being reached.
If you are not satisfied with the response, within 6 months you can request Independent External Adjudication.
Stage 3 – Independent external adjudication
If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of the review by a Director of OSD Healthcare, you have the right to request an independent external adjudication of the complaint. This can be done by contacting one of the following within 25 working days of receiving the Directors final letter
For private patients
Independent Healthcare Sector Adjudication Service
70, Fleet Street
Independent Adjudicators are independently appointed from outside the ISCAS and its membership. We would recommend that you ensure you are aware of the principles relating to the independent external adjudication procedure which are detailed in the ISCAS ‘A guide for patients’.
For NHS patients:
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Millbank Tower, 30,
Tel: 0345 015 4033
If you require assistance with writing your complaint, there is information to support you on the ISCAS website www.iscas.org.uk or we would be happy to give you a copy of their ‘A guide for patients’. Other organisations who are able to help you with writing a complaint are-
Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)
19 Hillfield Road
Tel: 03444 111 444
You also have a right to notify your concerns to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the organisation that regulates OSD Healthcare as an independent healthcare provider, however please be aware that they will not investigate an individual complaint but may use the information to inform their inspection regime. Their contact details are:-
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Newcatle upon Tyne
Tel: 03000 616161