Compliments and Complaints
As a practice we are welcome to any suggestion or comments you may have on the service.
We take complaints seriously. If you would like to make a complaint regarding the surgery or the services we provide please can all complaints be put in writing and addressed to:
Wendy Edwards (Practice Manager), Ardach Health Centre, Highfield Road, Buckie AB56 1JE or Feedback Service, NHS Grampian, Summerfield House, Eday Road, Aberdeen AB15 6RE
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.