When should I complain?
As soon as possible. Complaints should be made within 12 months of the date of the event that you're complaining about.
Who do I complain to?
There are many different providers of healthcare in Islington. When you want to make a complaint, you normally complain directly to the provider of the service. However, you can complain to the organisation that funds them instead.
If you are unsure how to complain directly to the provider, you can ask them to give you a copy of their complaints procedure. This will tell you who to contact, how they will handle your complaint, and how they will learn from your complaint.
How do I complain about primary care (GPs, dentists, pharmacies and opticians)?
You can either complain directly to the provider (which may be better for informal and quick resolution) or you can complain to NHS England, which funds these services. Complaints cannot be raised with NHS England if they have been made to the provider first.
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT
How do I complain about local hospitals
Although hospital services are funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group, if you would like to complain about a hospital service you should do so to the hospital directly.
You should contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (better known as PALS) at the hospital.
Whittington Health Patient Advice and Liaison Service
University College Hospitals Patient Advice and Liaison Service
(for informal and quick resolution)
But to make a formal complaint about University College Hospitals:
The Royal Free Hospital Patient Advice and Liaison Service
Moorfields Eye Hospital Patient Advice and Liaison Service
020 7566 2324/2325
How do I complain about ambulance services
Complain to the Patient Experiences Department at the London Ambulance Service.
Patient Experiences Department, Units 1&2 Datapoint Business Centre, 6 South Crescent, London E16 4TL
How do I complain about non-emergency patient transport for hospitals?
Non-emergency transport is provided by Medical Services Ltd. However, patients should complain to the PALS office at the hospital where the transport was arranged.
How do I complain about community health services?
Community health services include physiotherapy, podiatry (foot health), district nursing and health visiting, as well as the Urgent Care Centre. These services are provided by Whittington Health.
Whittington Health Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
How do I complain about the walk-in centre (Angel Medical Centre)?
Complain directly to the practice manager at the Ritchie Street Health Centre (where the walk-in centre is based).
Ritchie Street Health Centre
How do I complain about mental health services?
In Islington, mental health services are provided by the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Contact their Advice and Complaints Service.
How do I complain about 111 or the GP out of hours service?
These services have been merged into a single service called Integrated Urgent Care. It is delivered by London Central and West Unscheduled Care Collaborative. Contact the Chief Executive:
Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Islington CCG funds many healthcare services in the borough including hospitals, mental health, community health, out of hours and urgent care.
lf you are complaining to one of these services and you would like the CCG to know about it then you can send them a copy of your complaint. However, the responsibility for dealing with the complaint remains with the service provider.
If you complain to Islington CCG without complaining to the provider first, the CCG will contact you to get permission for them to contact the provider. The provider will then investigate the complaint (as above).
If your complaint is about how a local health service has been designed or funded you can contact the North East Central London Commissioning Support Unit.
North East Central London Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU)
Patient Experience and Effectiveness Team
Can I get help to make my complaint?
If you need support to make a complaint you can contact NHS Complaints Advocacy at POhWER. You can contact them at any stage in the process.They can provide you with an advocate; a person who will help you to complain, and make sure that you understand your options.
The NHS Complaints Advocacy section of the POhWER website has resources to support you to make a complaint by yourself. These are available in a range of languages, as well as Easy Read and large print formats.
What if I’m unhappy with the result of my complaint?
If you are unhappy with the outcome of a complaint about any NHS provider, you can appeal to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
You can only contact the Ombudsman once the organisation you complained to first have completed their response, or if it has not been sorted out after 6 months.
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP
Who do I complain to about a non-NHS service?
If you would like to complain about private healthcare, or about a social care service (for example day centres, care homes, or carers who help you in your own home), then the complaints process is different.
Social care services are provided by Islington Council. Private healthcare is offered by a range of providers.
If you would like to complain about a non-NHS service (or indeed any health service) contact our information service and we will let you know how to proceed, what support is available, and who you need to contact.
Tips and tools for making a complaint
Healthwatch England have worked with Citizens Advice to produce a series of guides to help you make a complaint or raise a concern about any provider of health or social care. There are tips and tools such as letter templates and other practical resources to support you to make an effective complaint.