At Kimbolton Dental Studio we try to offer an exceptional standard of care and service but occasionally things can go wrong. In this practice we take complaints very seriously and welcome the opportunity to learn from our mistakes. We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, at the time they arise and with the person concerned.
If your problem cannot be sorted in this way and you wish to make a complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible because this will enable us to establish what happened most easily.
Complaints about the treatment you received should be made to the dentist who normally sees you.
Alternatively, you may ask for an appointment to discuss your concerns. They will explain the complaints procedure to you and will ensure that your concerns are dealt with promptly. It will help if you are as clear as possible about your complaint.
What We Shall Do
We shall acknowledge your complaint within 2 working days and aim to have looked into your complaint within 10 working days of the date when you raised it with us. We shall then be in a position to give you an explanation, or offer a meeting with those involved.
In investigating your complaint, we shall aim to:
• find out what happened and what went wrong
• enable you to discuss the problem with those concerned, if you would like this;
• ensure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate;
• identify what we can do to make sure the problem does not happen again.
Complaining on Behalf of Someone Else
Please note that we keep strictly to the rules of confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we have to know that you have the permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable of providing this because of physical or mental illness or are a child under 16 years.
Complaining to the Dental Complaints Service
We hope that, if you have a problem, you will make use of our practice complaints procedure. We believe this will provide the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and an opportunity to improve our practice.
However this does not affect your right to complain to the Dental Complaints Service, if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us or you are dissatisfied with the result of our investigation. If you wish further advice you should contact:
Dental Complaints Service
The Lansdowne Building
2 Lansdowne Road
Tel. 08456 120 540
E-mail: info@dental complaints.org.uk
You may also like to contact The General Dental Council for more advice.