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Code of practice for patient complaints

In this practice, we take complaints seriously to ensure that our service meets expectations.  All complaints are dealt with courteously and promptly to resolved the matter as quickly as possible.

Our aim is to react to complaints and learn from every mistake that we make. We respond to any concerns in a caring and sensitive way.

For a complaint regarding NHS treatment the patient can either complain direct to the practice or to NHS England but not to both.

  1. The person responsible for dealing with any complaints about the service that we provide is our Practice Manager.
  2. If we receive a complaint by telephone or in person, we will listen and offer to refer the individual to the Practice Manager immediately. If the Practice Manager is not available at the time, we arrange a convenient time for the Practice Manager to contact the individual.  The member of staff will take brief details of the issue and pass it to the Practice Manager and provide the individual with a copy. If the matter requires a more immediate response, we will arrange for a senior member of the dental team to deal with it.
  3. If we receive a complaint in writing or by e-mail, it will be passed immediately to the Practice Manager.
  4. If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care or associated charges, it will usually be referred to the orthodontist concerned, unless the individual does not want this to happen.
  5. We will acknowledge a complaint in writing and enclose a copy of this code of practice as soon as possible, normally within three working days. We will offer to discuss the complaint with the individual, and confirm how they would like to be kept informed of developments – by telephone, letters or e-mail or by face-to-face meetings. We will inform the individual about how the complaint will be handled and the likely time that the investigation will take to complete. If the individual does not wish to discuss the complaint further, we will still inform them of the expected timescale for completing the investigation.
  6. We will seek to investigate the complaint within six months and, as far as reasonably practicable, we will keep the individual informed as to the progress of the investigation.
  7. When we have completed our investigation, we will provide the individual with a full written report, which will include an explanation of how we considered the complaint, the conclusions reached in respect of each specific part of the complaint, details of any necessary remedial action taken and whether further action will be taken.
  8. Proper and comprehensive records will be kept of any complaints received and the action we take. These records will be reviewed regularly to ensure that we take every opportunity to improve our service
  9. If the individual making the complaint is not satisfied with the result of our investigation, we will advise them to refer the complaint to:

For complaints about NHS treatment:


NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT (email:; or

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank London SW1P 4QP (0345 015 4033 or

For complaints about private treatment:

Dental Complaints Service, Stephenson House, 2 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon

CR0 6BA (08456 120 540).

General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1M 8DQ

  • "Before I had my braces on, my teeth were horrendous. Every part of the process is explained to you and they make you feel so comfortable at Colchester Orthodontics."
    Rachel - Patient

  • "My confidence levels have just shot up since I have had my braces off. It is just brilliant here. They have helped me so much."
    Sophie - Patient

  • "At Colchester Ortho it is such a close-knit group of people from the secretaries, to the nurses to the orthodontists themselves such as Mr Davies."
    Ben - Patient

  • "I have no hesitation in recommending Colchester Orthodontic Centre to you for an excellent, professional clinical treatment service"

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