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This practice operates a complaints procedure as part of its dealing with patients’ complaints which complies with the HSC complaints procedure and is also in compliance with The Independent Healthcare Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 requirements.

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
Complaints Office,
12-22 Linenhall Street,
HSC Board Headquarters,

Telephone: 028 9536 3893
Website: Health and Social Care Board

If you remain unhappy you can refer your complaint to the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman:

Progressive House,
33-37 Wellington Pl,

Telephone: 0800343424

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
Stephenson House,
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. 😁”

Jo G

Claire Hughes Dental
  • Spencer House
  • L'Derry
  • Northern Ireland
  • BT47 6QA