Concerns and Complaints
We strive to ensure that our patients receive the best possible service and care at all times, but occasionally mistakes and misunderstandings do occur. If you have a concern or a complaint about our service we would very much like to hear from you. We welcome all feedback, both positive and negative, as it enables us to see what is working well for patients and what is working less well. Your feedback provides us with the opportunity to change our practices and to ensure that the services we are providing are right for patients.
The Trust produces a Complaints and Compliments Annual Report every year, and our 2017/18 report is now available.
If you make a formal complaint, an acknowledgement will be sent to you within three working days of receipt. The Trust aims to provide a full, written response within 25 working days and if this is not possible, we will keep you informed about the reasons why and when you can expect to receive the response. To read our complaints policy, click here. It will help us if you provide as much detail as possible about the nature of your complaint. Our Complaints & PALS Team deals with complaints, and if you wish to speak to them they are available between 9.30am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, not including Bank Holidays. If you call outside of these hours, you will be asked to leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
We also provide a leaflet that explains how the Trust handles complaints and concerns.
A complaint may be made by post, by email, by telephone, or by SMS/text, and all contact details are shown below.
Patient Experience Team
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
4 Gatwick Road
Tel: 0300 1239 242
Text/SMS only – 07824 625370
If you would like help in making your complaint, you can contact a local advocacy service who will be able to assist you. Their service is free, independent and confidential. The name of the provider of advocacy services in Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove and their contact details, are listed below.
Brighton and Hove – Impetus provide the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS), Tel: 01273 229002, website: http://www.bh-impetus.org/projects/independent-complaints-advocacy-service-icas/
East Sussex – SEAP provide the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service, Tel: 0330 440 9000, website: http://www.seap.org.uk/services/nhs-complaints-advocacy/
Kent – SEAP provide the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service, Tel: 0330 440 9000, website: http://www.seap.org.uk/services/nhs-complaints-advocacy/
Office – Healthwatch West Sussex, Billingshurst Community Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst. RH14 9QW