Contact Details

Compliments and Complaints

As a practice we are welcome to any suggestion or comments you may have on the service.   

If you would like to make a complaint regarding the surgery or the services we provide, we ask that in the first instance you call and request to speak to either the Operations Manager, or Practice Manager.  If after calling you still feel that you need to submit a complaint, please submit in writing to:

Andrew Whiteside (Practice Manager), Ardach Health Centre, Highfield Road, Buckie AB56 1JE.

In line with NHS Scotland we have a two stage complaints procedure.  We will always try to deal with your complaint quickly, if the Practice Manager feels the complaint needs a detailed investigation, we will inform you of this and will keep you update on the progress. 

Stage One - early, local resolution 

We will always try to resolve your complaint quickly, within five working days if we can.  If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can ask that we consider your complaint at Stage Two. 

Stage Two - Investigation

We will look at your complaint at this stage if you are dissatisfied with our response at stage one.  We also look at some complaints immediately at this stage, this is if the complaint is complex and needs a detailed investigation.  We will acknowledge your complaint within three working days and we will provide with our decision as soon as possible.  This will be after no more than 20 working days unless there is a clear reason on extending the time.  

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

After you receive our final decision regarding the complaint and you remain dissatisfied with our decision or the way we have handled your complaint, you can ask the SPSO to consider it.  We will attach this process with our final decision. 

Duty of Candour

Ardach Health Centre Duty of Candour

The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 6 April 2016 and introduced a new organisational duty of candour on health, care and social work services.  The implementation date for the duty of candour provisions to come into effect is 1 April 2018.

The overall purpose of the new duty is to ensure that organisations are open, honest and supportive when there is an unexpected or unintended incident resulting in death or harm, as defined in the Act.

Address book Address

Ardach Health Centre
Highfield Road
AB56 1JE

Telephone Numbers Telephone Numbers

Out of Hours:
Please only use this form for comments about the practice and suggestions as to how we can improve our service to you. Medical matters and official complaints cannot be dealt with via this form. If you have a query regarding a medical matter please telephone reception to make an appointment to see the appropriate person.

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