Making a Complaint

Making a complaint about health and care services in Wiltshire
NHS & Social Care Complaints

The right to complain about unsatisfactory service is a key consumer right. The NHS constitution makes a pledge to encourage and welcome feedback on health and care experiences and to use this feedback to improve services.

We know that it is not always easy to find the information you need to make a complaint so below is our guide to making health and care complaints in Wiltshire, which you can find below.

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us

Guidance & Practical Resources

Advice On Making A Complaint

Healthwatch England has worked with Citizen’s Advice to produce a series of guides to help you make a complaint or raise a concern about health and care services. You can find out more about what’s involved in making a complaint and see what your next steps might be.

There are tips, tools and practical resources to support you to make an effective complaint.

Contact us if you need more information about this service.

Making a complaint

Guidance & practical resources from Citizen’s Advice

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Advocacy Support & Guidance

Independent Health Complaints Advocacy

If you need support and guidance through the process of making a complaint about your NHS health care, you can contact SEAP.

SEAP can support and guide you through the process of making a formal complaint. An advocate patiently listens to you, helps you to understand and explains your options and choices.  The SEAP advocate ensures you have the support you need to make an informed choice and get the help and support you need to complain about the NHS.  The service is free, independent and confidential.

For health services

Access support from SEAP
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Wiltshire Independent Advocacy Service

If you need support and guidance through the process of making a complaint about your mental health care, you can contact Wiltshire Independent Advocacy Service.

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and to get the services they need. The service is for people over the age of 18 and free for people who meet the criteria to provide Care Act Advocacy, Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) and generic advocacy.  The service is free, independent and confidential.

For mental health & social care

Contact the Wiltshire Independent Advocacy Service

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Wiltshire Children’s Advocacy

If you are a child or a young person in care, or if you are a care leaver, and need information about how an advocate can support, provide representation and guidance through the process of making a complaint about health or care services, you can contact Wiltshire Children’s Advocacy.

The service is for children and young people aged 7 years or over in Wiltshire and meet the criteria as either being looked-after, a care leaver, in private foster care or has a disability and accessing overnight short breaks in Wiltshire.

For children's health & care

Access support from Wiltshire Children’s Advocacy

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Where To Direct Your Complaint

Local Contact Information

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Below are the key contacts for formal complaints to local NHS Trusts, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Council.

In order to resolve your complaint effectively you should try to discuss the issue with the relevant local healthcare professional or care manager before making your complaint official.

NHS Health Complaints

Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS)

Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS)

Great Western Hospital
Marlborough Road
Swindon
SN3 6BB

Office opening hours:
Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.00pm

Telephone: 01793 604031

Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS)

Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS)

Combe Park
Bath
BA1 3NG

Office opening hours:
Monday-Friday, 9.20am-4.00pm

Telephone: 01225 825656 and 01225 826319

Customer Care Team

Customer Care Team

Salisbury District Hospital
Salisbury
SP2 8BJ

Office opening hours:
Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm

Telephone: 0800 374 208

PALS & Complaints Manager

PALS & Complaints Manager

Southgate House
Pans Lane
Devizes
SN10 5EQ

Office opening hours:
Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm (answer phone outside of office hours)

Telephone: 0300 123 2103

Community Services Partnership PALS

Community Services Partnership PALS

Ground Floor,
Great Western Hospital
Marlborough Road
Swindon
SN3 6BB

Office opening hours:
Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.00pm

Telephone: 0300 123 7797

Mental Health Complaints

Social Care Complaints

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Jenner House
Langley Park
Chippenham
SN15 1GG

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Telephone: 01249 468261
Freephone: 0800 073 1778

Customer Services

Customer Services

County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
BA14 8JN

Office opening hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8.30am-5.30pm
Friday: 8.30am-5pm

Telephone: 0300 456 0100

Help

If you need guidance on how and where to direct a complaint, get in touch with Healthwatch Wiltshire

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My Complaint Still Hasn't Been Resolved

If after going through the complaints process you are still unhappy with the response you have received, the next route you can take depends upon what service your complaint is about.

Health Complaints

Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman

Telephone: 0345 015 4033

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm

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Social Care Complaints

Local Government Ombudsman

Telephone: 0345 015 4033

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm

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