Please note that we have to respect our duty of confidentiality to patients, and a patient’s consent will be necessary if a complaint is not made by that patient personally.
If you wish to make a complaint, please contact us by:
Or by Telephone: 0191 6918777
Or by Post:
10 Hedley Court
Orion Business Park
We will advise you how the complaint will be dealt with (if it can be dealt with informally in some way then it will be). If your complaint is made by telephone, we shall respond in writing.
There are time limits on making a complaint. Normally a complaint should be made within 12 months of the event or within 12 months of the date of discovering the problem. You can ask for a complaint to be considered after this time limit if you explain why you did not complain earlier.
If you need any help the North East NHS Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA) through their website or FREE PHONE 0808 802 3000. ICA will be glad to advise and support you, they represents the views of users of the National Health Service. They are able to give free advice, information and support to complainants through these procedures.
If you do not wish to complain, but just want help and advice, or have concerns, you can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service based at Rake Lane Hospital in North Tyneside by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or PHONE 0800 032 0202 to discuss any queries about the NHS. PALS provide support to patients, carers and relatives, representing their views and resolving local difficulties on the spot by working in partnership with NHS staff. The service aims to:
We think it is important to deal with complaints swiftly, therefore you will be offered an informal appointment for initial discussion within 10 days of your complaint. Following this you will receive a letter within 48 hours setting out what was discussed and agreed. You are welcome to bring a relative or friend with you to the meeting.
The CQC are the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and and they encourage care services to improve.
Our CQC number is 1-639508006