Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) is here to help when you need advice, have concerns or don’t know where to turn. As a patient, relative or carer, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice and support. This is where the Patient Advice and Liaison Service can help.
This service is free and confidential. Our aim is to help sort out any problems or concerns you may have when using health services, agree the best way forward to deal with a problem and get it resolved as quickly as possible. We will do this by:
- Offering advice and support to patients, their families and carers
- Providing information on NHS services
- Listening and responding to concerns, suggestions or queries
- Talking to staff, management and other organisations on your behalf, where you do not want to raise the issue directly with the service concerned.
For links to NHS services in Somerset, see ‘other healthcare providers’ below.
- Helping sort problems quickly on your behalf.
We will always ask for your permission before personal information is discussed with others. Only in exceptional cases, where your safety or that of others must be considered, will we have to pass on information without your agreement. We will always tell you if we have to do this.
Write to us:
NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board,
Telephone us: 08000 851067
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the form at the bottom of this page and post or email it to us at the above address
If you feel that the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) has not been able to satisfactorily resolve your concerns, further details about how to make a formal complaint will be provided to you. Alternatively, further information about how to make a complaint can be obtained from the Complaints section of this website.
Other healthcare providers – GPs or hospitals
If your concerns or queries are 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
If your concerns or queries are about services provided in hospitals by other local health trusts, please click the links below for their PALS information and contact them directly:
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (Includes Musgrove Park Hospital, community and mental health services)