Bulbanks Medical Centre 62 Battle Road, Erith, Kent, DA8 1BJ     Telephone: 01322 432 997

Procedure for Complaints

The doctors and staff at this practice are committed to providing high quality healthcare and services to patients.
If you have a suggestion, complaint or concern about the service you have received from the practice, please let us know. Any suggestions can be written down and handed to a member of staff.
We operate a complaints procedure as part of the NHS system for dealing with complaints. The practice complaints procedure meets national criteria.

How to complain

It is best to tell a member of staff about any concerns or problems as soon as they arise and we will try and sort them out.

If you wish to make a complaint, please let us have details of your complaint as soon as possible so we can find out what happened. You can complete a complaints form, which can be downloaded by clicking here and hand it into the practice.  It helps us if you can give us as full details as possible.

Our staff will explain the complaints procedure to you and make sure that your concerns are dealt with promptly.

If you have a complaint and wish to discuss your concerns, you can ask to speak to Denise Thomas - Practice Manager.

You need to make your complaint within 12 months of the incident that caused the problem OR within 12 months of discovering that you have a problem relating to a specific incident.

Complaining on behalf of someone else

Medical records are protected by the Data Protection Act 1998. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else we need to know that you have their permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed unless they are incapable (e.g. due to illness) of providing this. You can download and use our third party consent form by clicking here

What we will do

We will contact you about your complaint within three working days and offer to discuss with you the best way to investigate it. We aim to have looked into your complaint within 10 working days of the date you first raised it with us. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting with the people involved.  We will aim to :

  • Find out what happened and what went wrong.
  • Invite you to discuss the problem with those involved, if you would like this
  • Apologise where this is appropriate.
  • Identify what we can do to make sure that the problem does not happen again.

If you feel that the practice was unable to resolve your issues then you can get in contact with (NHS England), contact details below.

Useful Contacts

NHS England

Tel:      0113 254 5000

You can also contact someone to help you make your complaint – they will support you and help you to put into words exactly what your complaint is and how you think it could be resolved.
For Bexley residents, this is:
Advocacy for All 0845 832 0034 or 241 Main Rd Sidcup DA14 6QS

If you are not satisfied

If neither body helps resolve the issue, you have the right to approach the Ombudsman.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP

Tel:                 0345 015 4033


The Care Quality Commission is always interested in both issues and outcomes. Details can be forwarded to though please be aware they are not involved in the resolution process.

Practice Manager Contact Details

Practice Manager:         Denise Thomas              
Telephone Number:       01322 432 997


Contact Details

Bulbanks Medical Centre
62 Battle Road

Telephone: 01322 432 997
Fax:            01322 442 324


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