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Complaints Procedure

Complaints Procedure

Here at Ivory Dental Care, we always strive to provide the highest levels of service and dental care.

Code of practice for handling patient complaints

We want our service to meet your expectations. If you have a concern or complaint about any aspect of our service, we want to know what mistakes we made and identify how we can improve to ensure that we meet your expectations in future. Our aim is to learn from any feedback we receive and improve the service we provide to our patients.

We will deal with complaints courteously and promptly and aim to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Making a complaint

If you wish to make a complaint or simply let us know how we could have done better, please contact one of our complaints managers:

Terese Murray Nurse Team Leader

Kellyann Bumby Reception Team Leader

Sarah Sculthorpe Support Manager

  • By telephone on 01253 392685
  • By email at
  • By letter to 28a Whitegate Drive, Blackpool FY3 9AL or 359 Park Road, Blackpool FY1 6QT
  • In person

If you contact the practice to make a complaint and the Complaints’ Manager is not available, we will arrange a convenient time for them to contact you. We will ask you for brief details of your complaint so that the Complaints’ Manager can gather any useful information before contacting you.

If the matter requires a more immediate response, we will arrange for a senior member of the dental team to deal with it.

If your complaint is about your dental treatment or the fee charged, we will usually ask the dentist concerned for details and they may wish to contact you about this, unless you do not want this.

We acknowledge all complaints in writing and enclose a copy of this code of practice as soon as possible, normally within three working days.

The responsible persons in charge of overseeing our complaints procedure and implementing changes where necessary is Elena Barlow, Practice Manager and Andrew Carter, Dentist.

Investigating a complaint

We will offer to discuss the complaint with you and will ask how you would like to be kept informed of developments – by telephone, letters or e-mail or by face-to-face meetings. We will let you know how we will deal with your complaint and the likely time that the investigation will take to complete. If you do not wish to discuss the complaint further, we will still let you know the expected timescale for completing the investigation.

We will investigate your complaint within 10 working days and, as far as reasonably practicable, will let you know how our investigation is progressing.

When we have completed our investigation, we will provide you with a full written report, unless you have told us that you do not wish for further communication. The report will explain how we considered the complaint, the conclusions we reached for each part of your complaint, details of any remedial action we have taken and whether further action is needed.


We keep proper and comprehensive records of any complaints that we receive and the action we have taken following investigation.  We review these records regularly to ensure that we recognise our mistakes and take every opportunity to improve our service.

If you are not satisfied

If your complaint was about your dental treatment and you are not satisfied with the result of our investigation, you can take up the matter with a relevant external organisation.

For complaints about private treatment:

Simplyhealth Customer Relations, Hambleden House, Waterloo Court, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1LQ tel. 0800 401 402 or

Dental Complaints Service, 37 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8DQ

tel. 020 8253 0800 or online at

For complaints about NHS treatment:

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

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