Suggestions, Comments and Complaints

Lower Clapton General Practice

(Last updated: Aug-21)


We aim to provide the best care we can to our patients. Where things go wrong or where we fail to deliver the standard of care we aspire to provide, we would like to hear about it. If you have any comments, suggestions, concerns, complaints or compliments about our service please let us know. There is a suggestion box in the waiting room where you can leave comments or feedback, but if you want to make a formal complaint please let a member of staff know.


You can discuss your concern, feedback or complaint with any member of staff that you feel comfortable with, however, if you wish to put your response in writing please address it to Aasiya Hafesji, the Business Manager, at the address below.


We treat complaints very positively and we are grateful that patients bring concerns to our attention so we can improve our service. We will do our best to resolve your complaint and put things right where things have gone wrong. We will not treat you any differently if you complain. We may implement changes to how we run our practice as a result of your complaint.


How to complain at our surgery

We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If your problem cannot be sorted out in this way you wish to complain, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible. This will enable us to establish what happened more easily.


Concerns and complaints should be addressed to Aasiya Hafesji, the Business Manager.


You can complain in any of the following ways:

  1. By email:  [email protected]
  2. By writing to:

Aasiya Hafesji, Business Manager

The Portico, 34 Linscott Road, London, E5 0RD


You may ask for an appointment in order to discuss your concerns. The complaints procedure will be explained to you and make sure your concerns are dealt with promptly. It will be a great help if you are as specific as possible about your concerns. If you would like to have a copy of our complaints procedure, please ask.


What we shall do

We shall acknowledge your complaint within three working days. You will be given an opportunity to discuss how you would like the complaint to be dealt with, whether by telephone, or a meeting with staff concerned and agree the timescale involved. We aim to try and resolve complaints as soon as possible. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting with the people involved. When we look into complaints, we shall aim to:

  • Find out what happened and what went wrong;
  • Let you know the outcome in writing or by telephoning you directly.
  • Make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate;
  • Identify what we can do to make sure the problem doesn’t happen again.
  • Feedback to the practice team, where this is appropriate.
  • Let you know how we have changed practice procedures as a result of your complaint, if this has taken place.


If you complain verbally we shall contact you by phone or discuss matters in person and try to resolve your complaint by the end of the next working day. If this is not possible or if the complaint is not resolved we will write to you to acknowledge your complaint with the details.


The staff who deal with complaints and timescales

  • The business manager oversees all the practice complaints. Dr Jenifer King is the GP Partner who leads on patient complaints and will normally contact the patient involved.
  • We aim to resolve complaints within a reasonable amount of time, usually within 10 working days; however, we accept this may not always be possible if a detailed investigation is needed. The patient will be kept informed of any delays.


Complaining on behalf of someone else

Please note that we keep strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, we have to know that you have his or her permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.


Further advice and support or if you are dissatisfied with our response to your complaint

We hope we can resolve your complaint internally. We believe this will give us the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and an opportunity to improve our practice complaints procedure and our practice. But this does not affect your right to approach the NHS commissioning board if you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us or you are dissatisfied with the result of our investigation.


Help to make a Complaint

If you require advocacy support in relation to your complaint or if you are not happy with our response to your complaint or simply wish to obtain further advice and support you can contact:


Independent Health Complaint Advocacy (IHCA)

The Advocacy Project can help and Hackney residents who wish to make a complaint about any health and care services


Tel: 020 3960 7920

[email protected]


If you feel your complaint cannot be resolved locally with the practice, you can contact NHS England:

By post to:

NHS England
PO Box 16738
B97 9PT

By email to: [email protected]

If you are making a complaint please state: ‘For the attention of the complaints team’ in the subject line.

By telephone: 0300 311 22 33


If you have any comment or complaint about a hospital, mental health or community trust please contact them directly.


Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman     

If you are not satisfied following all attempts to resolve your complaint locally, you have the right to ask for an independent review through the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). This must be done within 12 months of this response letter. Their contact details are:

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Tel: 0345 015 4033


Healthwatch Hackney

If you experience 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


0203 960 7458/

Free phone number: 0808 164 7664

[email protected]


You can also find further information in Hackney’s Health and Social Care Complaints Charter