Compliments and Complaints 

Patient Information Leaflet

Kilmartin Medical

Help us to reach the highest standards by having your say!

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed and valued. If you have a complaint about your care we need to hear from you so that we can learn lessons thereby continuously improving our care of patients. We have a written procedure in the Practice to ensure that we manage complaints in the most effective way, to the highest standard and we hope to the satisfaction of our patients.

How do I make a complaint?

Fill in the attached sheet and hand to reception in an envelope marked for the attention of Dr Kilmartin or Dr Foster.  You can also send a letter to the practice at 44 Upper Main Street, Rush Co Dublin, by email to info@rushgp.ie or by telephone on 01 2118380.  Alternatively talk to one of our members of staff.

What will happen next?

We will try to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible and will acknowledge it at the earliest possible opportunity and certainly within 5 working days. Our aim will be to have looked into the matter within 10 working days. You will receive a formal reply in writing or you may be invited to meet with us to attempt to resolve the complaint to your satisfaction.

If your complaint is such that it requires a local investigation we will set in train an investigation and inform you of the process and who will carry it out and agree a timeline within which we will work. We will give you the opportunity to comment on the process and if a meeting is arranged you will be invited to bring a friend or relative with you. Our aim will be to try to adhere to a 30 day timeline and if there are reasons why it will take longer we will discuss with you.

We adhere to the strictest rules of medical confidentiality. Therefore if you wish to make a complaint and are not the patient involved we will require the written consent of the patient to confirm their consent for you to deal with the complaint on their behalf and for us to release medical details to them.

When looking into a complaint we attempt to

  • Find out what happened and what went wrong and why
  • Make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned
  • Ensure you receive an apology where this is appropriate
  • Identify what we can do to make sure the problem does not arise again.

We hope that we will be able to resolve your complaint quickly and to your satisfaction but if we believe we need assistance for example mediation or other external assistance we may arrange this in consultation with you.

When the investigations are complete your complaint will be determined and a final response sent to you. If your complaint is still not resolved to your satisfaction, there are several external options where you may bring your complaint:

HSE

Email: yoursay@hse.ie   Website: www.hse.ie

Infoline: 1850-24-1850 Address: Oak House, Millenium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.

 OMBUDSMAN FOR CHILDREN

Email: oco@oco.ie           Website: www.oco.ie

Infoline: 1800 20 20 40   Address: Millenium House, 52-56 Great Strand Street, Dublin 1.

 MEDICAL COUNCIL

Email: info@mcirl.ie        Website: www.medicalcouncil.ie

Tel: 01 4983100                 Address: Kingram House, Kingram Place, Dublin 2

 AN BORD ALTRANAIS

Email: ftp@nursingboard.ie        Website: www.nursingboard.ie

Tel: 01 6398500                                 Address: 18-20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin

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Your opinion matters to us and your feedback is welcome and helpful.

 

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