Patients are asked that in the event of any complaint, to speak directly or write to the clinician concerned, or to Mr Simon Welch (Practice Manager) Patients who require further advice regarding the complaints process should direct their enquiry to him who, when applicable, may recommend the services of an independent advocate.
(e.g., The Patient and Client Council – 2nd Floor, Centre House, 79 Chichester St, Belfast BT1 4JE, Phone: 08009 170 222)
A copy of the complaints process is held in the waiting room.
If this is a complaint regarding NHS dental treatment and you are not happy with the practice response to your complaint, you can contact the HSCB Complaints Officer at:
Health and Social Care Board
12-22 Linenhall Street,
HSC Board Headquarters,
If you remain unhappy you can refer your complaint to the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman:
33-37 Wellington Pl,
NIPSO will look at your complaint and decide whether they should investigate it.
Complaints about private dental treatment, if not satisfied with the in house process, should be referred to;
Dental Complaints Service
2 Cherry Orchard Road,
Telephone: 020 8253 0800
This procedure should be followed if you are complaining on behalf of someone else.
The rules of medical confidentiality will be adhered to if the complaint is received on behalf of someone else. A note signed by the person concerned will be required, unless they are incapable (e.g. because of illness) of providing this to allow the complaint to be investigated.
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) is the independent body responsible for monitoring and inspecting the availability and quality of health and social care services in Northern Ireland, and encouraging improvements in the quality of those services.
RQIA does not investigate complaints. However, through their regulatory activities, they have an important role in ensuring all regulated services have an effective complaints procedure, take complaints seriously and investigate complaints thoroughly, in line with DHSSPS complaints guidelines.
7th Floor, Victoria House, 15-27 Gloucester St, Belfast BT1 4LS
028 9536 1111 (9am – 5pm Mon to Fri)
“Cannot fault the service from this practice. All the staff are warm, friendly and welcoming. The skills and expertise from Claire and her team are second to none. I would have no hesitation recommending it. 😁”