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Making a complaint
What if I want to make a complaint?
You can complain in writing, by email or by speaking to
someone in the Trust. You can also contact PALS and an adviser will be happy to
give you help and advice if you are unsure whether or how to complain.
You should make your complaint within 12 months of the incident or within 12 months of the matter coming to your attention. This time limit can sometimes be extended as long as it is still possible to investigate your complaint.
Anyone can complain, including young people. A family member, carer, friend or your local MP can complain on your behalf with your permission.
What can I expect if I complain?
- have your
complaint acknowledged within 3 working days and formally investigated
- be kept
informed of progress and provided with a full response
reassured that your care and treatment will not be affected as a result of
making a complaint
offered the opportunity to discuss the complaint with the lead investigator
appropriate action to be taken following your complaint
How to contact the Complaints Team
Telephone: 01904 725137
Opening Hours: 08.00-16.00, Monday-Friday
You can write to us at:
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The York Hospital
The Complaints Team manages all complaints on behalf of the Chief Executive, Patrick Crowley, however if you prefer you can contact him directly at the address above.
Can I get help to make my complaint?
If you feel you would like help
to make your complaint support is available. A complaints advocate is
independent of the NHS and can offer practical support such as help with
writing letters, attending a meeting with you and explaining the options
This service is free to anyone making a complaint about their NHS treatment or care.
|Cloverleaf Advocacy (covering North Yorkshire)||0300 014212||www.cloverleaf-advocacy.co.uk|
|East Riding of Yorkshire Independent Complaints Advocacy||0808 8023000||www.carersfederation.co.uk|
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your complaint
We hope our
response will resolve your issues. If you have any questions at this stage you
will be able to contact the person who carried out the investigation.
If, after this, you are still not satisfied with our handling of your complaint, you have the right to refer your case to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) which makes final decisions on unresolved complaints about the NHS in England. It is an independent service which is free for everyone to use.
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
0345 015 4033