Making a complaint
If you have any concerns regarding contact you have had with NHS Somerset or any other healthcare services in Somerset there are three options you can take to raise a formal complaint.
You can :
- Write to the Chair using the address below or
- Contact the Complaints Team by telephone or
- Use the contact forms below
If you decide to contact the Complaints Team they will help you by talking through your concerns and discussing the options available to you. They will also give you information on how NHS Somerset investigates and responds to complaints.
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To write to the Chair:
Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number Please print and complete the consent form and send to us with your letter (Why do we need consent? See below) Please send all the information to:
Somerset Integrated Care Board (ICB)
To discuss your complaint by telephone:
Please call NHS Somerset headquarters on 01935 384000 and ask to be put through to the Complaints Team. Alternatively, you can contact the team directly on 08000 851067. A member of the Complaints Team will be able to offer advice and support. You will be able to tell us if you would prefer a written response, either by letter or email, or if you would prefer a response by telephone.
To email or write to the Complaints Team:
Please complete the complaints form and the consent form (attached below) and attach these to your email (as we need signature/s) Please save the forms to your computer when you download them.
Finally, email the completed forms to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can post the completed forms to:
What if your concern or complaint is about primary care?
NHS England is responsible for primary care. If you have a complaint or concerns about a GP practice, dental practice, optician or pharmacy you will need to contact either the individual practice or the NHS England Customer Contact Centre:
Telephone: 03003 112233
Write to: NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT
Why do we need written consent to deal with the issue?
In order for a patient’s concerns to be investigated, NHS Somerset requires written consent from the patient. The reason for this request is to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and patient confidentiality guidelines. The main purpose of the Act is to respect and protect the individual’s rights, ensuring that any information about the person concerned is not disclosed without their written consent.
Watch the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman video using British Sign Language giving tips on making a complaint to the NHS in England including where to get advice and support.
Other ways to provide feedback
Healthwatch Somerset is also available for you to provide feedback on health and care services. Healthwatch Somerset will make these views known to those involved in commissioning and those who provided the service. This is part of the Healthwatch commitment to improving local health and social care services.
To have your say or to find out more about Healthwatch Somerset:
Telephone: 01278 264405
Address: c/o Woodlands House, Woodlands Business Park, Bristol Road, BRIDGWATER TA6 4FJ