If you contact our chief officer with concerns about NHS Kernow, your complaint will be passed to the complaints team. The team will contact you to discuss your concerns and determine the way forward. The complaints manager will ensure the chief officer is updated regarding your case.
Cornwall Council (children, schools and families)
FREEPOST RRZJ-EUSJ-EGKL, Children, schools and families complaints, Cornwall Council, 3 West, County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY
Telephone 01872 323164
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
PALS Office, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Room 11, Banham House, Bodmin Hospital, Bodmin PL31 2QT
Telephone 01208 834620
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Patient and family experience team (complaints), Tower block, First floor, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro TR1 3LJ
Telephone 01872 252793
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter EX2 7HY
Telephone 01392 261505
The general principle of the NHS complaints procedure is to complain to the organisation you consider to be at fault.
You can complain if you have been affected, or are likely to be affected, by something NHS Kernow has or has not done. You can also complain on behalf of someone else if you have their permission in writing.
You should complain within 1 year of the event happening. You can also complain within 1 year of becoming aware of an event. This time limit can be extended if there are good reasons why you could not complain earlier and it is still possible to investigate the complaint effectively and fairly.
Local resolution aims to sort out your complaint quickly and fairly. Our complaints manager will talk to you about how to resolve your complaint. This will include setting a time limit for your complaint to be investigated and a response made. Please include your telephone number if you write to us so that we can contact you. If you have already complained to your healthcare provider, we will not be able to re-investigate the same concerns.
If you’re not happy with how we’ve dealt with your complaint, and would like to take the matter further, you can contact the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. They make the final decisions on complaints that have not been satisfactorily resolved by public organisations. The service is free for everyone. To make a complaint, visit the Health Service Ombudsman website or call 0345 015 4033.
If you feel unable to make a complaint about an NHS service on your own, or would like the support of someone independent, you can contact The Advocacy People. They provide a local health complaints advocacy service.