Suggestions and Complaints





Suggestions from patients to improve the way the practice is organised on a day to day basis are welcomed and can be relayed to the Practice Manager.

Please use our online form or alternatively a suggestions box is available in reception. 

We are always looking for ways to improve the care we give our patients.


Concerns & Complaints

If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from a doctor or any member of staff working at The Hurley Clinic  please let us know.  We operate a Practice Complaints Procedure as part of the NHS system, which meets the national criteria.

If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, please note that we adhere to strict rules of medical confidentiality and will not be able to act on this complaint without the patient’s permission on a signed and dated consent letter.

If the complaint is regarding a deceased patient, the practice will proceed with an investigation.

Ideally you need to make your complaint as soon as possible, but ideally within six months of the incident that caused the problem or within six months of discovering that you have a problem. This will enable us to gather all the information whilst still fresh.

There are comments, suggestions and compliments boxes located in our waiting rooms and we invite you to give us feedback on areas where you feel we are performing well or maybe not so well.


The Procedure

We aim to sort out most problems easily and quickly and often at the time that they arise.  If your problem cannot be sorted immediately and you wish to make a complaint, we would like you to let us know in writing as soon as possible.

All complaints should be addressed to the Practice Manager here at the Practice, who will ensure that your complaint is dealt with promptly.


What we will do

We will acknowledge your complaint within three working days of receipt.  We aim to provide a full response in a timely manner, but consider candour and accuracy as the priority, so the time frame will be determined by the complexity of the concerns raised and access to those involved. It is our intention then to be in a position to offer you a response or a meeting with the people involved or, if there is to be a delay in responding ( for instance, due to staff absences or a third party not directly employed by the Hurley), to keep you updated of the progress of your complaint.

When we look into your complaint we will aim to:

  • Investigate the problem with all members of staff concerned
  • Notify you of the outcome of the investigation with a satisfactory explanation
  • Identify the problem with a view to improving the service we offer to our patients

We hope that you will use the Hurley Groups Complaints Procedure so that we are able to resolve the problem and have the opportunity to improve our service to you, but if you choose not to contact us you can approach NHS England direct at or on 0113 539 7030

You can also visit the Hackney Advocacy Project or Healthwatch Hackney - Hackney's Health and Care Watchdog.

If neither body helps resolve the issue, you have the right to approach the Ombudsman on 0345 015 4033 and at

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.


Access to advocacy services for patients who wish to raise issues or concerns

1. Independent Complaint Advocacy Service (ICAS)
Rethink Advocacy can help and advise Hackney residents who wish to make a complaint about any health and care services. Their aim is to support both people who are confident to speak up for themselves with support or to represent their views for them when they cannot.

In Hackney they provide the following services:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy (ICAA)
  • Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service (IHCAS)
  • Non-statutory Advocacy (including alternative types of advocacy such as peer advocacy, citizen advocacy, group advocacy and self-advocacy)

Tel: 0300 790 0559, email or visit the Rethink website

2. Age UK: may have local advocates. Visit their website or call 0800 055 6112.

3. Hackney Council can give advice on local advocacy services. Telephone: 020 8356 3000 or email:

4. If you have difficulties in contacting any of the organisations above, or would like to share your experiences of any health and care services, please contact Healthwatch Hackney on 020 396 0754 or email Healthwatch Hackney 1st Floor, Block A, St Leonard's Hospital, Nuttall St, London N1 5LZ. Telephone: 020 3960 7454


Practice Manager

Complaints Officer - Sherry Oriola
Contact No: 020 8802 2882